About Alyse

Alyse Emdur makes drawings, paintings, videos, and photographs that are both personal and political. Fluctuating between the introvert and the extrovert, her work uses earnest humor to face loneliness, existential crisis, social struggle and the desire to escape.  She is the co-founder of ALMLA: Artists Loft Museum Los Angeles. In 2013, Emdur published the acclaimed photography book Prison Landscapes about portrait studios in American prisons. Emdur’s public projects include Geyser Girls for High Desert Test Sites and with Rosten Woo, Art to Us for WEHO Arts the Plan, Willowbrook Is / Willowbrook Es for LA County Arts, and the LAPD SID Technical Lab Children’s Waiting Room for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Emdur is a graduate of the Cooper Union, holds an MFA from USC and is a recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship. She currently teaches at Chaffey College. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, the Atlantic, BBC News, Wired Magazine, Art in America, Modern Painters, Cabinet Magazine, Vrij Nederland Magazine, Art Papers Magazine, and Foam Magazine.