Meet the Ambassador

Emerald Whipple

"Emerald Rose Whipple was born in California in 1989. She spent her childhood between Ojai, California, and Kauai, Hawaii. She received a BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt in 2012, after which she worked in design and styling for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Acne Studios amongst other houses and labels. Since shifting to painting in 2014, Whipple's work has appeared in Dazed & Confused Magazine, Another Magazine, The Last Magazine, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, i-D Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, HART Magazine, De Witte Raaf, Transmission Magazine and Engram. Whipple lives and works in New York City. Emerald Rose Whipple's paintings begin with the ubiquity of the image, and specifically with the way in which fluency in what one might call a ""dialect"" of images – making them, manipulating them, sharing them, responding to them – has come to define how we conjure the idea of ""youth"" today. Each picture is a work of recovery, an attempt to recapture the fleeting moments of a fluid social world in which emotion and affect wax and wane at speed. The slow process of building the paintings up through distinct strokes and marks echoes both the low-res pixelation that so often indexes such fugitive moments, caught as they are in low- light settings and on devices with tiny lenses, and a history of art that has hinged on the equation of modernity and the ephemeral. Nascent within Whipple's paintings is also a language of fashion design and styling that only a select few will be able to ""read""; the pattern of a shirt, the fold of a cuff, or the role of a sleeve offer both an iconography of style and style's own recuperation as a concept with something to say about the art of the present. Fashion is not the issue here as much as the way that clothes are worn, and not worn. Whipple's subjects are appearances. People yes – friends, acquaintances, mutuals – but not portraits. They are fashioned, but with only the most minimal apparent effort. They know that the image and the screen will have their way with them, and they are okay with it."

Ambassador Q&A

"Why do you care deeply about the ocean/what inspires you to protect it?

"""The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity -- then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective."" David Suzuki Thinking back to this quote by David Suzuki, I not only feel a deep and profound connection to the ocean, but to our planet as a whole. I believe that all things are interconnected and interdependent and that it is our responsibility as conscious beings to honor and respect this world we coexist in. Part of that responsibility is taking care of our planet and keeping our ocean clean and safe. "


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