Hard Edged Vibrant Fantasy Land by Emily Ludwig Shaffer

Layla Leiman , ArtMaze Magazine, October 1, 2019

The Argentinian writer and blind bibliophile Jorge Luis Borges wrote that “If space is infinite, we may be at any point in space. If time is infinite, we may be at any point in time.” This resonates strongly in the paintings of Emily Ludwig Shaffer, which play with metaphysical propositions, visual riddles and paradoxes. Her paintings typically depict interior and exterior, but these commonplace scenes are undercut by a pervasive sense of the unfamiliar and mysterious . Doorways and rooms seem to lead around in circles, time has broken with convention and the distinction between outside and inside seems dependent on one’s point of view.