Saturday, March 15, 2008
Originally from Hamilton, Emily Holton graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Toronto. She recently had her first solo art show at The Centre for Culture and Leisure No. 1. Her drawings have been published in Brick, Matrix, Kiss Machine and Broken Pencil.
Little Lessons in Safety is a collection of Holton's book works and drawings, produced over the past five years. Her "scratchy intelligent line drawings" (Broken Pencil) and lean text play with the format of children's readers, comics, celebrity fashion magazines, and cut-and-paste murder mysteries. A boy grows a bird for hair, monkeys are shot out of cannons, feral children grow up to be cowboys, treeplanters never come back. Karl Lagerfeld takes over, as we all knew he would.