Earlier this year, Emma was awarded the Oxford Art Prize at the O3 Gallery. Her work fuses elements from religious traditions, personal photographs, nature and topical media images to address existential dilemmas whilst appropriating styles and influences from both her formal art education as well as her many travels.
Emma’s interaction with her work is a physical process. From scraping and burning to stitching and sanding, her quest to find the desired multi-sensory surface is reflective of her inner battles to find comfort and happiness.
The abstract works are more spontaneous, born from her passion for texture and what she finds to be the meditative act of painting. These generally single-colour pieces work as a breathing space from the energy of the busier, more image-packed paintings.