Emily Roz presents “Anchors”, a series specifically documenting the people who deliver the news, giving form to the collective neurosis and vulnerabilities of popular culture.
“The original concept behind “Anchors” focused on the newscasters who acted as my guides through the 2016 election and subsequent presidency. In 2013, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour became the first all female co-anchors on network television. PBSNewsHour is a show whose diverse newscasters deliver thoughtful reporting, insightful analysis and balanced opinions from their guests. “Anchors” began as an effort to acknowledge the gender barrier they broke and show gratitude for their information delivery.
The process to make each painting begins with a screenshot of digital video of a TV broadcast that has been posted online. From these images, the paintings are made through multiple layers of oil paint, beginning with a grisaille underpainting. This technique functions both in a formal way – to create a likeness of the subject – and also to literally and figuratively pause the increasingly rapid news cycle. The backgrounds are abstracted from the original episode’s show set.
As the series evolves, Anchors are chosen based on current events and who delivers information to me personally as it unfolds. These are the people who navigate the minefield that is our current political climate. They enter my living room through the television, and over time, become part of my visual community.”
-Emily Roz, 2018