Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Emily Zielinski

Emily Zielinski

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Commissions, Teaching engagements, Leading workshops

Forgiveness - Healing - Freedom - Empowerment

Art is a healing, cathartic, and powerful tool that is my refuge. 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 offers control, empowerment, and ultimately freedom, as I delve into the subjects of healing, forgiveness, and self-expression. Painting allows me to transform the elusive, intangible, and formless thoughts in my mind into conrete, physical objects in the visual world. My work is a journal of memories, dreams, nightmares, mysteries, peace, and prayers. I find it is in the process of creating that I am able to step forward and speak. The bold, textured, and chaotic mixed media paintings I create, reference the freedom and healing that is possible in the aftermath of trauma 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. 

Conceptually my process relies heavily on the acts of deconstruction and reconstruction, and investigates the border between beauty and ugliness. 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 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 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. Emily advocates that the artistic empowerment of children and adolescents gives them the resources to not only succeed, but to thrive.

Emily has experiance creating art programs and teaching art at the Jewish Community Center, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Our Clubhouse, and the Highmark Caring Place. She has partaken in festivals such as Deutschtown Music and Art Festival and Yinzfest; she has exhbited work at La Prima at Nova Place, Frank L. Melega Gallery, Seton Hill Harlequin Gallery, Carnegie Library Downtown, the University of Pittsburgh, and is looking forward to exhibiting work in Percolate Gallery in the fall.   


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


  • 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
  • Cardboard
  • Collage
  • Digital
  • Gestural
  • Narrative
  • Organic
  • Pen
  • Modern