About Emily Van Walleghen
Through fiber work that explores time, labor, and the relationship between process and outcome, Emily Van Walleghen investigates the explicit and hidden forces subverting data collection and dissemination. Using commonplace materials and familiar craft techniques, Van Walleghen stitches the scientific into everyday experience, recreating research figures with data and subject as one in the same.
Van Walleghen (b. 1979, Urbana, Illinois) currently lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned a MFA in Studio and Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati in 2020. Her previous degrees include a BS (University of Illinois), MS (University of Arizona), and PhD (Virginia Tech) in the field of Nutritional Science. Her practice is informed by her education and professional experience in science and research and shaped by a reality of sensationalism where fact and fiction are so tightly interwoven the truth does not exist.
Covectors is the collaboration between Kate Gibson (MFA, Painting and Printmaking, University of Cincinnati) and Emily Van Walleghen (MFA, Fine and Studio Art, University of Cincinnati; PhD, Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise, Virginia Tech).
Covid-19 Curtains: Private Boundaries, a Public Health Emergency
In mid-March the United States went on lock down. Under stay at home orders, we looked out anxiously from behind our curtains, helplessly watching as the Covid-19 pandemic spread. Four months later, the epidemic intensifies as states reopen. Private boundaries, public health, and politics have interwoven, creating a national tapestry filled with tangles and tears. We explore public COVID-19 data and diagrams and how both can be misinterpreted or used to mislead. Translating numerical and visual information from each month into curtains, we propose:
- Social isolation is a privilege
- Graphs and charts obscure the human cost behind the pandemic
- We must acknowledge our interconnectedness and interdependence at both the international and community levels
January: “Not My Problem”
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” -Donald Trump, January 22nd, 2020.
“Trump Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China” -NY Times headline, Jan 31st, 2020
In January, the US proceeded under the illusion that Covid-19 would be contained within China’s borders. The threat was perceived to be from those in China, 18% of the world’s population. The infected were kept separate from the remaining world via travel bans and racial discrimination. At the bottom of the curtain the strands intertwine, a tangled mess of transmission and miscommunication. Beaded curtains have a long history in China, going back thousands of years. Mass produced Chinese beaded curtains are ubiquitous throughout the world. Virus and capital know few boundaries.
Awards and Honors
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, 2006
- Graduate Research Development Project Grant, Graduate Student Assembly, 2005
University of Illinois
- Outstanding Senior in Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, 2000
Research and Publications
Peer Reviewed Journals
- Van Walleghen EL, Orr JS, Gentile CL, Davy BM. Pre-meal water consumption reduces meal energy intake in older but not younger adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Jan;15(1):93-9.
- Davy BM, Van Walleghen EL, Orr JS. Sex differences in acute energy intake regulation. Appetite. 2007 Jul;49(1):141-7.
- Van Walleghen EL, Orr JS, Gentile CL, Davy KP, Davy BM. Habitual physical activity differentially affects acute and short-term energy intake regulation in young and older adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Aug;31(8):1277-85.
- Flint KM, Van Walleghen EL, Kealey EH, VonKaenel S, Bessesen DH, Davy BM. Differences in eating behaviors between nonobsese, weight stable young and older adults. Eat Behav. 2008 Aug;9(3):370-5.
- Zemel MB, Donnelly JE, Smith BK, Sullivan DK, Richards J, Morgan-Hanusa D, Mayo MS, Sun X, Cook-Wiens G, Bailey BW, Van Walleghen EL, Washburn RA. Effects of dairy intake on weight maintenance. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2008 Oct 24;5:28.
- Smith BK, Van Walleghen EL, Gibson CA, Sullivan DK, Cook-Wiens G, Curry C, Martin R, Donnely JE. Comparison of two self-directed weight loss interventions: Limited weekly support vs. no outside support. Obes Res Clin Prac. 2009 Aug;3(3):149-57.
- Raynor HA, Van Walleghen EL, Niemeier H, Butryn ML, Wing RR. Do food provisions packaged in single-servings reduce energy intake at breakfast during a brief behavioral weight loss intervention? J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Nov;109(11):1922-5.
- Raynor HA, Van Walleghen EL, Osterholt KM, Hart CN, Jelalian E, Wing RR, Goldfield GS. The relationship between child and parent food hedonics and parent and child food group intake in overweight/obese children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Mar;111(3):425-30.
- Raynor HA, Van Walleghen EL, Bachman JL, Looney SM, Phelan S, Wing RR. Dietary energy density and successful weight loss maintenance. Eat Behav. 2011 Apr;12(2):119-25.
Abstracts and Presentations
- Van Walleghen E, Orr J, Morrill J, Gentile C, Johnson S, Davy B. Is Water Consumption an Effective Strategy to Reduce Meal Energy Intake? Presented at the 2005 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, B.C., October, 2005.
- Van Walleghen E, Orr J, Davy B. Gender Differences in Energy Intake Regulation. Presented at the 22nd Annual SCAN Symposium in Nashville, TN, March 24-26, 2006.
- Gilmour K, Van Walleghen E, Kealey E, Von Kaenel S, Bessesen D, Johnson S, Davy B. Influence of Age, Gender and Physical Activity Habits on Eating Behavior in Nonobese Adults. Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Symposium, Graduate Student Assembly, Virginia Tech, March 29, 2006.
- Dennis E, Van Walleghen E, Orr J, Gentile C, Davy K, Davy B. Aging, Physical Activity and Resting Metabolic Rate. Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Symposium, Graduate Student Assembly, Virginia Tech, March 29, 2006.
- Davy B, Orr S, Van Walleghen E. Gender Differences in Energy Intake Regulation Among Healthy Older Adults. Presented at the 2006 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA, October, 2006.
- Parks S, Van Walleghen E, Davy B. Age and Dietary Cognitive Restraint, but Not Aerobic Fitness, Are Significant Predictors of Acute Energy Intake Regulation. Presented at the 2007 Society for Behavioral Medicine Meeting in Washington D.C., March, 2007.
- Smith B, Van Walleghen E, Gotthelf L, Cook-Wiens G, Donnelly J. Comparison of two self-directed weight loss interventions: Limited weekly support vs. no support. Presented at the 2007 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, October, 2007.
- Van Walleghen E, Sullivan D, Cook-Wiens G, Smith B, Donnelly J. No association between dietary calcium and dairy food intake and body weight in young adults consuming an ad libitum high fat diet. Presented at the 2007 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, October, 2007.
- Gibson C, Van Walleghen E, Schmelzle K, Greene L, Sullivan D, Smith B, Donnelly J. The importance of process evaluation measures in a childhood obesity prevention program. Presented at the 2007 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, October, 2007.
- Raynor HA, Van Walleghen EL, Bachman J, Looney S, Phelan S, Wing RR. Dietary energy density and successful weight loss maintenance. Presented at the Obesity Society 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington D.C., October, 2009.
- Raynor HA, Van Walleghen EL, Goldfield G, Osterholt K, Hart C, Jelalian E, Wing RR. The influence of child liking, parent liking, and parent intake on overweight children’s dietary intake. Presented at the Obesity Society 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington D.C., October, 2009.
- Smith BK, Van Walleghen EL. Dietary Medications and Supplements. ACSM Fit Society Page, Winter 2007.
- Van Walleghen EL, Steeves BA, Raynor HA. Obesity, In: The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology, HS Friedman ed., Oxford University Press, 738-766, 2011.
- Master of Fine Arts, Fine and Studio Art, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning, Cincinnati OH
- Ph.D., Nutrition in Sports and Chronic Disease, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA
- M.S., Nutritional Science, University of Arizona, Tuscan AZ
- B.S. (High Honors), Human Nutrition, Chemistry Minor, University of Illinois, Urbana IL