Emma Roche: Forward Slash

15 Mar 2018 – 3 Jun 2018


County Dublin, Ireland


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The LAB is pleased to present an exhibition of new work, Forward Slash, by Wexford based artist, Emma Roche.


This series of paintings stem from ideas about the artist’s everyday working life, in-house rules, bosses, authoritative figures, colleagues, dream jobs and nightmare positions as well as imagined occupations and fabricated titles.

Her sometimes jarring use of colour and crude lines, often purposely gnarly, are an instinctual response to these memories and fictions. Quasi-human form, child-like note-taking and an innate handling of materials are central to the paintings and all that informs them. 

Forward Slash refers to the contemporary phenomenon of economic and reputational pressure to hold multiple identities, an artist/office worker, an actor/website designer, an entrepreneur/barista etc. For artists, the supplementary labour that sustains an artist practice is often hidden or at the very least, not made visible. Here it is these side line occupations that are boldly announced as the subject matter of the works. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a commissioned response by Phil King, co-editor Turps Banana, entitled Four Letter Word. 

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Sheena Barrett

Exhibiting artists

Emma Roche


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