Emmie is a mixed media artist whose inspiration comes from journeys, mystical tales and the bizarre sights she has encountered. These may be the crumbling beauty of Cuban buildings, the sensory kaleidoscope of India or the time echoing features of Istanbul. Magical realism is an integral part of Emmie’s art, which may start out based on one place but ends as a coalescence of memories from the past, sights of the present and thoughts of the future…
Her work often examines the transitory nature of architecture from its planning and construction to its ruins and structure revealed. It has been said that a building is ‘a volume of human history, holding within its pages the stories and secrets of generations past and present’. The world the artist creates is one in which buildings both within and without are permeated with the disparate details of the lives of their former inhabitants.
If variety and contrasting scenes characterise the choice of subject matter, variety is also reflected in the materials used, with anything from coffee to gold leaf, circuit boards to resin, stamps to spices, integrated into the layers of paint. She uses different printing techniques, a palette knife or roller to build up layers in an exploratory manner and will then sometimes sandpaper it back, scratch into it and drip or pour paint onto the surface before adding more layers and finally working further on the details.
Esther Lafferty, Festival Director adds
"A five-minute read all about Emmie's latest avdventures from this month's OX magazine https://www.oxmag.co.uk/articles/the-art-of-adventure/ "