As any good painter, Emma Mortier (1993, Ghent) is a sharp observer.
Her recent works stems from numerous drawings and watercolors and homemade pictures of seascapes. Since her stay in Brazil (2016), the color palette of the sea has become very for her. Sometimes she records the volatility of the sea in small carnets , then again she draws in a large sketchbook on the sand.
Out of the more or less realistic images, she creates a purely painterly landscape, that by use of color, brushwork,painterly gestures and subdivision of the pictorial surface comes to life.
Her confrontation with the diversity of the Brazilian culture and the sea in spawned a series of works, prior to this selection, characterized by the use of colorful stickers, pieces of paper and tape.These collages on canvas or paper were full of effects and elicited the spectator to the painted canvas or drawing.
This method she has currently left behind and replaced by an ingenious use of white as color. White creates not only an empty space but increases the intensity of colors in addition to itself and gives the painting dynamics and organic strength. Sometimes it acts as an abrupt separation line in the pictorial surface, then it looks pasted on the canvas and sucks the attention or seeps through the painterly gestures with the rest of the canvas
The paintings may have been inspired by seascapes-the titles literally refer to the place where they were observed for first time-they transform completely to ' painted landscapes ' in which with the horizontality of the original often is turned upside down.
The perception of the reality is now pure painterly pleasure.