Emma's work is colourful and vibrant, reminiscent of surface pattern and textile design. Her images are semi-abstracted at times, extracting the essential elements of the objects she studies. The basis of some of her mixed media paintings are cyanotypes, one of the first photographic processes of the nineteenth century, also known as 'sunprints'. Other images use natural pigments and materials such as real indigo, true sepia, foraged chalk and sea salt to create intriguing patterns and vivid contrast. The objects portrayed are shorthand for the landscapes they represent and explore the split in her life between coast and moorland where she grew up and the countryside in which she presently lives. She has always been drawn to prehistoric monuments and ancient tracks, parts of the landscape we don’t fully understand but find mesmerising. She has spent her whole life collecting found objects both natural and man-made; scavenged, found on family walks or during beach-combing sessions. Looking at the smallest of fragments helps to build a picture of the bigger landscape and helps to enhance an understanding and connection with the past and the planet.
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