Emily Relf: Ancestry

Artist Statement

This series documents my family’s ancestry from both my mother and father’s sides of the family. My parents kept immaculate track of our genealogy, including photo albums dating from approximately 1874 until the 1950s. I repurposed the photographs with cyanotype, an antique photography process, to re-examine them. In the age of selfies and social media, it is difficult to imagine a time when a studio photograph was one of the rare times a person would be photographed. It is likely that these are the only photographs remaining of some of these people who formed my family’s history.

I am an artist and art educator focusing on incorporating contemporary art into the classroom. As an artist I currently practice cyanotype, an antique photography technique, and use film photography as a starting point. I’ve exhibited collage, site specific installation, and photography as I traveled the world, now finding Las Vegas as my current inspiration.


On exhibit at East Las Vegas Library from March 12 through May 7, 2024

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM