Emma Anne Johnson

Fish Factory Artist in Residence

I am an interdisciplinary artist who creates art that focuses on valuing a “glitch” – a sudden (and usually temporary) irregularity or malfunction of equipment. Glitches, with their inherent imperfections and digital anomalies, offer a unique lens through which I explore the intersection of technology, human experience, and aesthetics. I experiment with combining trash, technology and traditional art, resulting in a diverse range of creations that include music, sounds, paintings, drawings, videos, sculptures, fashion, and installations.

My creative process is a continual reflection of my personal experiences. Through my creations, I aim to highlight and challenge the societal structures rooted down into our organization of emotions, identity and social dynamics. My art encourages myself, along with viewers to confront their biases and preconceptions, and to engage in critical reflection and discussion about the subconscious association on what we value and why. Value a glitch, be a glitch, embrace the glitch.

The artistic goal I hold in my heart is to start a conversation on the potential of art and technology to promote something visceral. Through my art, I hope to inspire others to join in deep reflection, endless expression, and discovering a more harmonious way of being. ​​Glitches become a metaphor for the unpredictability of life itself, a reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. My art is an exploration of the digital age’s unique challenges and opportunities, using glitches as a metaphorical and aesthetic point of departure.

Emma Anne Johnson hails from the vibrant artistic enclave of Brooklyn, New York. An eclectic individual, Emma Anne has worked professionally as an Irish step dancer, installation artist, musician, actor, lighting designer, and model. From 2015 to 2019, they honed their artistic skills as an apprentice under Nancy Dwyer, a prominent figure from the Pictures Generation.