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Janice T. (Alliance & Short-term team member)


Every day all around the globe, artists on mission are creating, cultivating, and contributing in their communities. As they seek to see their art used in the work the Lord is doing, we want to share their stories to encourage and inspire.
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Friday, 25 June 2021 20:31

Folklore and Healing: The Artwork of Emily Langenberg

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Article Image: 'Rosa's Corkishmen' 

This Friday, we're catching up with another Incarnate alum. Emily Langenberg attended Incarnate in 2016, and she produces artwork filled with beauty and whimsy with deep underlying themes. Find out more about Emily in her own words below! 

A little about me: I graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Studio Art and English Literature (as I like to tell people, I studied Drawing Pictures and Reading Stories). I have lived in Washington DC (where I worked as an intern at the Smithsonian Office of Folklife and Cultural Heritage) and in Slovakia for several years where I taught English at a high school. I currently reside in Lansing, Michigan, USA, where I make art, study Nyckelharpa, run for a local semi-pro track club, do woodworking, read, drink tea, and look for jobs (please hire me). 

I've long been interested in healing, folklore, and beauty and complexity found in unlikely places. I find most of my inspiration in nature and myth/lore, and employ metaphor as a way of understanding inner landscapes of the mind and imagination. I've been told that my work straddles the line between being whimsical and a bit dark, bordering on the grotesque...although I explore this aesthetic, I hope that my work in some way redeems it, as I try to inspire a sense of wonder, curiosity, and compassion for my subject matter. My work is full of strange landscapes and beautiful monsters; much like us, in a way. Fearfully yet wonderfully made. Redeemed out of darkness. Broken yet beloved; each day facing a noble fight and an arduous journey, full of dangers and adventure. We are all both monster and hero, living out a story as old as time. However, this simple story reveals a profound truth: it takes courage to face our inner darkness. And yet we must walk into that deep, dark place in order to find hidden treasure. God often calls us to desolate places, to face terrors and take risks in faith...so that we can come out the other side victorious. My work explores all facets of this inner journey of healing. 


'Fish No. 3' 


'Swedish Fish'

To learn more about Emily and see more of her work, view her social media or website by following the links below.

Instagram: @eklangs

Website: emilylangenberg.com 

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