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Typographic Exploration: Emma Lehto

detailed photo of book art with sentences cut outPink & Gold #4, mixed media

Emma Lehto uses her artwork as a typographic exploration into books, everyday objects, and seemingly innocuous materials. Emma’s work has a particular kind of softness to it that comes out in her use of fabrics, floral patterns and delicate sewing techniques. I enjoy how she offsets this quality with overt subject matter and images, such as in her profanity laced pillowcases, and delicate sewn-text works.



Emma goes beyond the idea of book art as merely the production of books, and instead uses books as a kind of conceptual material. For example, in her Creative Abuse series, she takes several well-known novels and shoots them with guns, photographing and displaying the aftermath.

book that has been destroyed by gun shotIrresistible Forces, mixed media

In her sewn text works Emma obscures the language itself so that we are forced to look at the physicality of the object she has created. Her typography works look at letters and type as objects in and of themselves. Visit Emma’s web portfolio to see more exploration of the physical forms of language.


artwork of a pillow with the letters WTF written on itWTF, mixed media

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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