Carla Gannis - Special Feature

Meet Carla Gannis, a hero of ours! She’s the artist that created the amazing ‘Garden of Emoji Delights’ - one of the earliest and most impressive examples of emoji in fine art.


Carla Gannis - Garden of Emoji Delights 


Gannis is truly a frontrunner of digital arts. While her background is in the more classical arts – she received a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University - she began to incorporate digital technologies into her work in the late 1990s and that has been center for her art since then.


Gannis’s work has appeared in 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  Her most recent solo exhibitions include “The Garden of Earthly Delights” at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (currently on view). And this year she has been busier than ever, she says. So look out for upcoming projects…


In 2005 she was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts. And currently she is a professor and assistant chairperson of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.


Today Gannis lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


In the words of her online bio, she “identifies as a visual storyteller. With the use of 21st Century representational technologies she narrates through a ‘digital looking glass’ where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency often emerge.”


With us she is most famous for her ‘emoji art’, but she is not just into emoji of course. Her work is a multifaceted exploration of digital arts, fascinated with “contemporary modes of digital communication, the power (and sometimes the perversity) of popular iconography, and the situation of identity in the blurring contexts of technological virtuality and biological reality” she explains.


So check out these great and inspirational ‘emoji art’ pieces! And also, go take a look on her website for more greatness in digital arts:


The Garden of Emoji Delights Triptych Animation by Carla Gannis




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