Emily Zuch was born in Chappaqua, New York. She received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and an MFA from New York Studio School in 2011. Zuch was granted the Hohenberg Travel Award in 2011 and has attended residencies at Chautauqua, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Zuch is currently living and working in Leipzig, Germany.
Most of the pieces featured here are from“Drawings from Figurentheater.” This is a body of work made in collaboration with contemporary puppeteers in Germany. In 2014- 2015 Zuch received a Fulbright Research and Study grant to travel to Leipzig and Stuttgart, where she observed the rehearsals of puppeteers and drew as they worked. The aim of these drawings was to examine the relationship between people and objects, create a cross-disciplinary collaboration between puppet theater and visual art, and bring deeper insight into her own use of puppets and stage-like set-ups in her larger-scale paintings. The end result is a type of pictorial journal, chronicling the making of a vital and exciting form of theater.