I am exploring what it means to do - with my body and mind - something that my ancestors have practiced for thousands of years.
Emily Mock (b. 1990) is an artist making paper cuts and performative works from paper.
She studies and uses the crafts and methods of her cultures and ancestors to explore dynamics of ancestor/diaspora, place/identity/displacement, and how communities build power. She makes paper cuts, develops and facilitates curricula, and organizes cultural programming as an exercise of how culture and heritage are realized in bodies, places, knowledge, and experience. Having lived in the Outer Sunset, Western Massachusetts, Oxford, Chengdu, and NYC, she is interested in how place and identity frame each other, as well as access to ancestral knowledge and crafts.
Originally from San Francisco and currently living in New York City, she is a cultural and community organizer and educator working at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities as the Chinatown Tenants Union Membership Organizer. She was the Center for Neighborhood Leadership Community Organizing Apprentice for two years at The Laundromat Project. As an educator at the Museum of Chinese in America, Emily gives survey and specialized gallery tours and walks. She holds a BA from Smith College in Art History and Political Science.
Inspired by the youth and elder tenant leaders in Manhattan Chinatown from CAAAV and the Chinatown Tenants Union, Emily is working on a bilingual paper cut book about a diasporic community of color’s fight against gentrification and displacement.