Emily Mode works in drawing and painting, installation, audio, video, and graphic novels to reveal the body as a socio-political site. She focuses on intersecting themes of gender politics and expression, non-binary and nonconforming bodies, and systemic bias in the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC). Mode employs various strategies with these themes, ranging from allegorical, comic, personal narratives, fiction, non-fiction, and experimental hybrid story-telling to reveal complex inner stories of othered bodies in public and MIC spheres. Her work is influenced by foundational experiences with activism, sociology, and healthcare.
Mode’s stylistic approaches engage abstraction, expressionism, surrealism, and social-realism. All come together in her current graphic novel project RADIFY – www.radifyagraphicnovel.com. Within her body of work an experimental video tells a deeply personal story of medical treatment and side-effects through diary readings, memories, dream sequences, and surreal hallucinations; allegorical installations with video projections situate viewers at the center of contemporary stories of social othering and loss; and an abstract painting evokes a disappearance of structure behind clenched teeth hovering in an anxious, frothing, disembodied haze.
Mode has shown pieces at Artists Space and Roebling Hall Williamsburg Gallery in New York; screened at The Tate Modern in London, The Other Film Festival at the Melbourne Museum in Australia, the Kassel Documentary Film Festival in Germany, AbilityFest in India, Vo’Art/InArte in Portugal, The Philadelphia Medical Film Symposium; and won a Juror’s Choice 1st Prize at the Black Maria Film Festival. She has received an IFP/NYSCA distribution grant and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts grants. Mode completed her undergraduate work at Hampshire College and received an MFA from Yale University.