Anointment of rose, 2018

Watercolour on paper

228.6 x 304.8mm

 

“A moment dies: this bud that was new born ⁣

Has burgeoned even fold on even fold;⁣⁣

The still is green, with her close cap of leaves, ⁣⁣

This shows a red stain on her tender sheath,⁣⁣

This the first crimson of the loosened bud;⁣⁣

And now she thinks to unwind her coverings,⁣⁣

And lo! The glory of the radiant chalice.⁣⁣

Scatt’ring the close seeds of her golden heart.⁣⁣

One moment, all on fire and crimson glowing,⁣⁣

All pallid now and bare desolate.⁣⁣

I marvelled at the flying rape of time;⁣⁣

But now a rose was born: that rose is old.⁣⁣

Even as I speak the crimson petals float⁣⁣

Down drifting, the crimsoned earth is bright.” ⁣⁣

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- Ausonius on “One Newblown roses”⁣⁣


The evening walk at gardens of Thornfield, 2018

Mixed media collage

297 x 420mm

 

”I am no bird; and no net ensnares me, I am a free human being with an independent will.” Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. 

 

This is a piece of mixed media collage inspired by one of the most important literatures of all time- Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. 

The artist envisioned one of the most momentous scene in the novel. In chapter 23, Jane the young governess takes a walk on a beautiful midsummer's night, as the sun sets, Jane walks around the gardens of Thornfield, enjoying the solemn purple that colours the sky. Smelling Rochester's cigar from a window, Jane moves into the more secluded space of the orchard. But Rochester is now in the garden and Jane tries to escape unseen…

Here, the artist lends her own imagination from the text, further explore the significant similarities between flower and woman in the context of modern art. In which the lushes garden roses blooming vigorously before our eyes, the rose bush gently clothed and shield the body of Jane. The artist intended to metaphorically use garden rose as a depiction of the beautiful and rather painful process of Jane’s pursued of true love. 

 

 

 

 


Sophie, Archduchess of Austria, 2018

Mixed media collage

297 x 420mm

Flora and fauna represent life's fragilty through its transitory nature; their budding freshness that embodies spring, full blooms summer, wilting leaves in autumn and subsequent mortality and death itself.

Through crafting the fragments of these repetitive modern florals illustration, the artist explore the significant similarities of woman and flower, meanwhile seeking a better explaination to the passing of time and fleeting moments of everyday beauty through symbols and illustrations.

 

 


Reborn, 2017

Mixed media collage

420 x 594 mm

 

It is in the eyes of another that we piece together the image of recognition. In this piece, the artist has concealed the eyes of the subject with a pair of beautiful butterflies, masking her identity and drawing attention away from her physical beauty to what lies beneath – inner beauty. This piece is a metaphor for hope and transformation - symbolized by the butterflies – as well as new beginnings, which is visually represented by the wild and luscious morning glories. 

Further more, the artist seeks to begin a visual conversation with the viewer about physical and spiritual blindness. Julia Miele Rodas speculates on the language we associate with blindness and comes to the conclusion that “this reality, this continuum of seeing and not seeing, this diversity of blindnesses, obscures the imagined boundary between blind and sighted, confounding our abstract sense of blindness as an absolute” (119). Rodas speaks to the fact that those who can see are sometimes metaphorically blind, while those who are physically blind can be visionaries. 

 Inspired by Joseph Cornell's signature art form Assemblage - Shadow Boxes, evoke the memories associated with the items contained within, Emma applied the idea on this piece, she elevated the fragments of her painting into different layers, creating a pop-up effects where she aimed to invite the viewers into her own private theatre.

Works Cited: Rodas, Julia Miele. “On Blindness.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 3.2 

 

 


Yea, though I walk through the valley of shadow..., 2017

Mixed media collage

420 x 594 mm

 

This piece was inspired by a text from Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…”. It tells the story of a woman’s journey through the valley, across dark woods into the vast forest. And as she ventured, there was a calm and serenity reflected in her eyes, just like a quiet pond or a still night sky. Her beauty and fearless spirit, neither hidden nor diminished by the darkness that surrounded her. 

 The artist strongly believes that a woman’s strength and inner peace is grounded in her faith in those who love and walk beside her, even in the face of the unknown. That love, shall ultimately, conquer fear and death. In this piece of work, the artist delves further into the female emotion to uncover a deeper connection between nature and femininity. Each puzzle of the painting is carefully placed to stage a surreal, dreamlike scene - one where fiction meets reality, where meanings take new shape, and the lines between past and present are forever blurred. 

Inspired by Joseph Cornell's signature art form Assemblage - Shadow Boxes, evoke the memories associated with the items contained within, Emma applied the idea on this piece, she elevated the fragments of her painting into different layers, creating a pop-up effects where she aimed to invite the viewers into her own private theatre.


‘Dreamer’

A series of preliminary drawings painted in vibrant watercolours featuring alongside botanical elements intertwined with a feminine character. 

The banner with calligraphy ink writings leaves a title to each work, further introduce the character narratively, he artist aims to fabricate an illusion that takes the viewer within the realms of our imagination.