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Emily Marie Charles is a painter that lives and works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received a BFA in Painting in Drawing with Honors from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2019 she published a thesis paper titled Plein Air Painting in an Anthropocentric Era that discusses how painting in the landscape is a phenomenological act capable of dismantling the anthropocentric mindset that has contributed to environmental decline. Her work revolves around the landscape, specifically drawing connections between landscape, memory and imagination. Through her art she explores the ways that we can strengthen our relationship to the environment and to each other. She is currently working on a body of paintings and an animation that speculates a language-free world fueled by symbiosis and sensory experience and explores themes like the nature of memory, interconnectivity within a community, the passage of time, and fragmented narrative.