Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Emily Zielinski

Emily Zielinski

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Emerging
Experienced With Public art

The act of creating art is not only a safe and positive outlet for expression, but is a poignant nonverbal language I use to communicate when words are inadequate. The intricate meticulousness of a repetitive process gives me unwavering control as I delve into the subject of emotional healing from sexual violence. The life-size installations, mixed media paintings, and photographs I create reference the freedom and healing that is possible in the aftermath of rape in a nonrepresentational manner. Organic, undulating, dynamic, and repetitive marks are typical of my work and become meditative, allowing me to escape reality, exercise control over a situation, and create outside the limits of direct observation. My work often manifests in forms that writhe, grow, or climb.


Conceptually my process relies heavily on the acts of deconstruction and reconstruction, and investigates the border between beauty and worthlessness. The cutting, twisting, tearing, and occasional burning of paper, wood, canvas, or string reduces materials to a state of devastation or uselessness; however once reconstructed through weaving, plaiting, painting, or knotting, the formerly fragile materials become aesthetic, whole, strong, and healed. I see beauty and possibilities in photographing discarded materials, such as wood chips, knotted string, warped wood, ripped fabric, and sliced paper. These items are typically considered trash, albeit these seemingly worthless materials, that were never meant to survive, become transformed, reconfigured, and essential to my work. They symbolize experiences, memories, and scars that have been forgiven, healed, and recreated into something beautiful. Although the products are a concrete manifestation of my memories and experiences that elude tangibility, I find it is in the process of deconstructing and reconstructing materials, and documenting through photography that I find my voice.

Emily is an emerging Pittsburgh artist who creates mixed media paintings, sculptures, and installations. Utilizing art as therapy, Emily is creating programs within Pittsburgh that enable her to share the cathartic outlet of artistic processes and expression with children, adolescents, teens, and adults. She believes that art is a powerful tool that fosters joy, healing, understanding, unity, and new identities. Uniting artistic expertise with the desire to give individuals a catalyst to express themselves in a healthy, positive, cathartic manner allows for the bridging of differences and thought provoking discussion. Emily has begun an art program at the Highmark Caring Place that enables children who have lost a loved one to express their grief through a visual medium, commemorate their loved one, and share their art in local galleries. She is looking forward to implementing a similar program at Pittsburgh’s Cancer Caring Center. Emily advocates that the artistic empowerment of children and adolescents gives them the resources to not only succeed, but to thrive.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15227
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  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Mixed-media
  • Installation
  • Drawing
  • Cut paper
  • Sculpture
  • Public Art
  • Printmaking


  • Abstract
  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Black & white
  • Carving
  • Chalk pastel
  • Charcoal
  • Conceptual
  • Cut Paper
  • Etching
  • Expressionist
  • Fabric
  • Feminist
  • Fiber
  • Graphite
  • Ink
  • Metal
  • Oil Paint
  • Paper
  • Weaving
  • Wood