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“Pareidolia” at 500X Gallery in Dallas

It brings me great joy to announce the first of an ongoing series of exhibitions, entitled Pareidolia, at 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 7-10pm.

Mother Axis 1, Emma Balder. Photo by Jay Marroquin.

A solo exhibition of fiber paintings by Emma Balder, Pareidolia explores the psychological phenomenon of seeing recognizable imagery within abstracted forms. Through Balder’s fiber painting process, where she reassigns the smallest parts of textile waste to a medium that functions like paint, forms begin to take shape within the fibers. The material takes on a new life; images of angels, seahorses, or never-before-seen creatures appear in the fibers. This unexpected imagery delivers an impact that transcends the materiality of the work and provides substance to the obscure.

CultureMap Dallas

October 19 5-8pm Opening Reception: Connecting Threads

Press Release:


Escapism (detail), 2019, Emma Balder

Houston, TX – Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is proud to present Connecting Threads, an exhibition of 26 new works of art from fiber painter Emma Balder. Balder’s fiber paintings breathe new life into the smallest parts of textile waste, reassigning the fibers as a medium that functions like paint. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries. It runs through November 23, 2019. An artist’s talk will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1 pm.

Radical transformation and regeneration are at the core of Balder’s artistic practice. She reconstructs textile waste from makers, artists and designers from all over the world to unveil beauty in the discarded and forgotten. In Connecting Threads, Balder examines the value of connection. Her material exists not as waste, but as cultural compost, reincorporated into the soil that feeds her work.

Place has been the impetus for Connecting Threads. Balder recently transitioned from Denver to Houston, which has led her to new discoveries within herself and her work. She received a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012. She has shown her work in venues such as Trestle Gallery, New York; Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia; Aqua Art Fair, Miami; The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado; ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; BWAC, Brooklyn, New York; Stella Ripley Contemporary, Quebec, Canada among others. In 2015, Balder completed a Staff Artist Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and was named a finalist of the Peripheral Vision Foundation Fellowship in 2016. She has facilitated fiber painting workshops throughout Colorado, including at the MCA Denver, and has received support for her work from organizations such as the Dave Bown Projects and Meow Wolf.  Balder is a recent partnered artist with PepsiCo’s LIFEWTR; her work will be featured on a bottle design launching in 2020. Her work has been featured in Art Maze Mag, Fresh Paint Magazine, Dialogist, Denver Life, 303 Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, Ignant, Emboss Magazine, Peripheral Vision Press, and more.

Balder is currently an artist in residence at BOX13 Artspace in Houston, and is represented by Heidi Vaughan Fine Art and Stella Ripley Contemporary.

For more information about this event, email or call 832.875.6477. For more information about Emma Balder visit

June Fiber Painting Workshop in Denver

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a workshop at ReCreative Denver on June 30. The workshop will cover the basics of my fiber painting process, and participants will each take home their own 11″x14″ piece created during the course. See below for more information:

“Fiber Painting with Emma Balder”
Sunday, June 30
1 – 2:30 pm
(All materials provided.)

Spots are limited. Please sign up via the ReCreative website: Fiber Painting with Emma Balder


Interview with Voyage Houston

New interview up with Voyage Houston Magazine!

“I treat the fibers as I would paint, or as a drawing tool. Different fibers can create different hues and values… Fibers like wool can make a denser section of color and then disperse out, creating a softer, lighter gesture and giving me more room to interpret and respond. The density of the fibers can act like a shaded color…or tightly wound threads can make a distinct, crisp mark.”

The Empty BOX Silent Auction Fundraiser

Please join BOX13 Artspace as we celebrate 11 years at our annual silent auction fundraiser, the Empty BOX.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 7-10 pm, with a VIP preview and studio tour beginning at 6pm.
Silent Auction ends @ 9pm
Free Admission
Beer provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Light bites + cash bar

The Silent Auction includes 76 works by the following artists:

Zain Awais, Emma Balder, Kenneth James Beasley, Daniel Bertalot, Rebecca Braziel, Violette Bule, Laura Burlton, Alberto Careaga, Eepi Chaad, Claire Chauvin, Matthew Kelly Debbaudt, Claire Drennan, Garland Fielder, Emily Fleisher, Farima Fooladi, John Forse, Michael Golden, Jennifer Greenwell, Mayra Huerta, Ross Hutchinson, Daniela Koontz, Jessica Kreutter, Nicolle LaMere, Melinda Laszczynski, Alexander Lesser, Emily Link, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, Gabriel Martinez, David McClain & Caleb Charland McClain, Kris Meikop, Susannah Mira, Tudor Mitroi, Elisabeth Mladenov, Avisheh Mohsenin, Venessa Monokian, Adam Neese, Jessica Ninci, Angel Oloshove, Kristy Peet, Patrick Phipps, Mark Ponder, Caroline Roberts, S Rodriguez, Dan Schmahl , Alexander Squier, Patrick Turk, Rachelle Vasquez, Myke Venable, Stephen Wilson, Jasmine Zelaya, and The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research!

The Silent auction will also include donations from:
DiverseWorks, Houston B-cycle, Lawndale Art Center, Aurora Picture Show, Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston Center for Photography, CAMH and Main Street Theater

For more information on the event, please visit the Facebook event page here!

Summer 2019 Group Exhibitions @ Stella Ripley Contemporary

This summer I will be participating in three group exhibitions with the Quebec based gallery, Stella Ripley Contemporary. Below is a lineup of the three exhbitions, where I will be showing three of my textile works, and one new embroidery work.

CONNECTIVE TISSUES – May 2019, Stella Ripley, Qc, Canada
GÉMEAUX DE MINUIT – July 2019, Stella Ripley, Qc, Canada
MILKY WAY OVER MANI-UTENAM – August 2019, Qc, Canada

Other artists included in the show are:

Anna-Lena Sauer
Melisa Taylor Metzger
Jaena Kwon
Natalie Dunham
Kurtis Brand
Scott Troxel
Chloe Hedden

Specific dates will be posted soon!

October 2019, Solo Show @ Heidi Vaughan Fine Art

I am thrilled to announce my upcoming solo show at Heidi Vaughan Fine Art in Houston, Texas this October 2019. This exhibition will showcase an entirely new body of fiber paintings that I have spent the past year working on.

The opening will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019, with a VIP preview on Thursday, October 17. Please email if you would like to be included in the VIP preview list.

Check back later in the summer for dates on the artist talk I will be giving in the gallery.

Open Studios at Box13 Artspace

If you are in the Houston area on March 23, please stop by BOX13 Artspace for our Open Studios. Several studios will be open from artists including:

Alexander Squier                    Melinda Laszczynski

Caroline Roberts                     Daniela Koontz

Jennifer Pulido                        John Forse

Venessa Monokian                 Farima Fooladi

Elisabeth Mladenov               Alberto Careaga

Tudor Mitroi                             Violette Bule

Studios will be open from 1-5pm on Saturday March 23, and are located at 6700 Harrisburg Blvd in Houston.




Group Show Curated by Jennie Goldstein of the Whitney

I am pleased to announce my participation in the Texas Art 2019 group exhibition, curated by Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The show opens January 17 at the KBR Tower in Houston, and will remain up until March 15, 2019.

Other artists include: Daniel Kramer, Orna Feinstein, Gao HangSusannah Mira, Sarah Fisher, Molly BlockSamara Rosen, Michael A Bullock, Annie Arnold, and Curtis M Gannon

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