Emma Irma Johansen was born in Lithuania and spent half of her life in Denmark. From a very young age she was obsessed with painting, drawing, cutting, sewing, and creating and later went on to study fine arts, costume design in Lithuania, and design technology & patterns, and sustainable fashion in Denmark.
Emma works with and combines different methods and mediums to show the beauty behind different physical structures, looking deeper and portraying more than what can be seen with the naked eye. Emma draws inspiration from traveling, conveying onto canvas her unique observation of different environments, different cultures, architecture, and more. Most of Emma’s library of pictures she has captured with her camera are of abandoned places; very poor (and pure) environments, places where many cannot see beauty. But through the abstract portrayal of her pictures, Emma’s point is to show the public that everything is imperfect, and there is beauty in those imperfections.
Emma loves to experiment with new materials with every new project, always trying to break the bounds of the traditional canvas. Lately she’s explored sustainability by reusing old fabrics and recycled clothing, in order to make something valuable from something seemingly worthless. She is impassioned by the exploration of fabric-manipulation, how it can stretch, shrink or be forced into structured shapes at one end, then lead into natural flowing states at the other. Combining these skills with use of acrylics and other mixed media Emma creates both unique and thought-provoking works.
LIST OF EXHIBITIONS
Arkos Dailes Galerija : Lithuania 2006
Dainavos Meno Galerija : Lithuania 2007
Leonardo Event Rooms : Denmark 2010
Galore Urban Art Festival : Denmark 2012
Selmahuset Landskrona : Sweden 2014
HK Hovedstaden Art Club : Denmark 2015
Galore Art Festival : Denmark 2015
Falkoner 24 Cafe : Denmark 2015
Galery Thorborg : Denmark 2017
Re:centre : UK London 2018 Oct
Herrick Gallery : UK London 2019 Jan
Re:centre : UK London 2019 Feb
Old Brompton Gallery : UK London 2019 May
Old Biscuit Factory : UK London 2019 May
Parallax Art Fair : UK London 2019 July
The Bargehouse @ Oxo Tower Wharf : UK London 2019 Oct
Top Drawer, Design fair, UK Olympia London 2020 Jan
Ad – Lib Gallery/ Art Bellow Summer Show: UK London 2020 July