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 Chinatown Tenants Union Membership Organizer at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities. She was the Center for Neighborhood Leadership Community Organizing (now CCL) Apprentice for two years at The Laundromat Project. She has taught all ages in schools, parks, and movement spaces and was as an educator at the Museum of Chinese in America for several years. 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 Chinatown’s fight against gentrification and displacement.