Emma Badia studied painting and drawing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she grew up. In April, she moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in film after working for several years in Shanghai as an advertising illustrator. Currently, she is a movie storyboarder and freelance graphic designer.
Since I left Shanghai in March, I have been in limbo. Hopping through three hemispheres in the last few months and living out of a suitcase, my routines and comforts dissolved all at once. Upon arriving in Vancouver, I had just one painting left from Shanghai, the only one that could fit in my luggage. This piece, Succulent, was finished in the last weeks of my time in Asia, and reflects some of my anxiety about the future that lingered and followed me across the Pacific. As I searched for work here, I returned to painting to pass the time and calm my mounting insecurities. Lonely and jobless for what seemed like ages, I painted many images of technicolor ladies with morbid undertones. Luckily, a few candy-bright, psychedelic pieces like Chin Up resulted from my silly bout of ennui.