Emma Talbot is also presenting her first solo show in Germany 'Memories turn to Dusk' at Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf (14.03.14 – 30.04.15).
Emma Talbot's practice explores an idiosyncratic universe where fiction, real life and memory freely interact; her meticulous fluid brushwork fills canvas and paper with recurring themes, ornaments, figures, architecture, interwoven with meandering tendrils. The paintings and drawings are intense and rich in detail, supporting an almost extravagant image–world.
The large format paintings on canvas are broken up by small discrete windows revealing certain key episodes. Small format stories, images and text fragments in no particular order are loosely connected together leaving empty spaces by which means Talbot invites the viewer in, to fill and complement the overall visual experience.
Literature, both contemporary and classical as well as poetry and song lyrics provide inspiration in Talbot's practice, as do Japanese Shunga, Metaphysical Poetry, Film Noir, Edith Piaf, Edna O'Brien, Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, Anaïs Nin, Edgar Reitz's Heimat, Pablo Neruda and Paul Ricœur.
Individual scenes are developed further in running ornamentation or placed in geometrical compositions. The artist obscures the identity of her protagonists by offering anonymised faces. Missing walls or empty spaces in exquisite exotic carpets give the viewer literal access to the hidden secret world of the unconscious.
Text fragments introduce their own idiosyncratic typography and are reminiscent of religious texts, comic books or perhaps just notes written in the margin of schoolbooks. These notes on their own – separated from accompanying images – become a commentary on the life lived and the deliberate spelling out of these notes develop into a visual language that is strangely life–affirming.
We are also delighted to announce the publication of a new print edition produced by the Coriander Studio. Emma Talbot's folded 'Sex Fantasy' on Japanese Paper (95×62cm/37.4×24.4in on Atsu Unryu 50gsm, edition 90, 2015) from her ongoing 'Sex Fantasy' series of unique folded drawings on Japanese Paper – is now available from both galleries, either as a framable print, or folded and presented in a bespoke slipcase.
Petra Rinck Galerie will be showing Emma Talbot's work at Art Brussels from 24 to 27 April. In Spring 2016 Talbot has been invited to present a solo show at The Freud Museum in London. Her work is included in the Thames and Hudson book '100 Painters Of Tomorrow' and is featured in a new publication by Roger Malbert for Thames and Hudson called 'Drawing People'. Her work is currently included in the 'Birmingham Show' at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, curated by Gavin Wade and Ruth Claxton (31.01.15 – 11.04.14).
Emma Talbot is a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. She was selector of the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010) and was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome (1995–96). Talbot's work is in the following collections: Saatchi Collection, David Roberts Collection, J. Sainsbury Plc, Unilever, City of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Ministry of Heritage, Abu Dhabi Bank, TI Group, Stephenson Harwood, Bob and Susan Summers Collection (NY, USA).