As the Director of Sacred Space Studio, Emily Sottile brings a unique perspective to EverGreene; one that melds two very important influences in her life: religion and art.
“I love being in sacred spaces; the feeling, sounds, and what the decorations teach. This position draws on my training as an art historian, and study of religious traditions around the world. I believe that for many, the arc of our lives are intertwined with our spiritual homes, but religious buildings are also significant to the broader community. I feel privileged to help communities preserve tradition through restoration and articulate messages through art,” Emily says.
Emily is the link between congregations and EverGreene’s artists, designers and craftsmen. Many of the sanctuaries she visits have been aesthetically compromised or damaged over time and no longer relate to the original architecture. Development of appropriate designs—traditional or contemporary—and implementation strategies is a part of the process for both historic and new buildings.
“The conversation begins by identifying the need – this might be returning murals to legibility through conservation, restoring damaged ornament so it doesn’t fall, or adding new decoration,” Emily says.
“Many houses of worship have lost the sacred visual vocabulary generations have relied upon for instruction. Renewal often starts with a finishes investigation to determine original decoration. We then use this information to develop a scheme that honors the building, reflects the congregation and enhances the community. Appropriateness guides the process.”