“My current artwork encompasses both mixed-media pieces and photography. Reader’s Digest Condensed Book covers are the materials for my mixed-media assemblages. I’m inspired by their vintage look and texture, rich colors, engaging patterns, and surprising beauty — all of which are usually hidden under dust covers!

“Now fading from the American gestalt, RDCBs speak to the baby-boomer generation as a bygone slice of middle-class life that will never return.”  –Emily Shane


Emily Shane graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with majors in both music & filmmaking.  For many years Emily wrote & sang original music in & around New York City– including the famed birthplace of punk, CBGB.

Artist Emily Shane

Since moving to Knoxville, Shane’s artistic journey has taken a distinctly visual turn.  Influenced by music, films, fine art, photography & the natural world, she works with found objects & paper ephemera to create large & small-scale abstract work.

Emily’s influences include Bridget Riley, Andy Goldsworthy, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Saul Bass & Charles LeDray.  Her work reflects interest in light & shadow, weight & air, stasis & movement while exploring the interplay of color, pattern, shape & a/symmetry in equilibrium to create a kind of lyrical personal narrative.

Shane is happily challenged by Readers Digest Condensed Book covers as a medium both compelling in its limitation for the artist and vaguely nostalgic for the viewer. She is currently represented exclusively by River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.