15 December – 1 February 2017 | WPAC
Originally from the town of Stanley in regional NE Victoria, Emma White currently lives in Melbourne where she works out of Merry Studios in Brunswick. An enthusiast of the simple life, Emma lives between her garden bungalow in inner-city Hawthorn and her campervan when exploring roads less travelled.
Place, travel and being at home in the world are the central ideas that build and drive Emma’s practice. Her relationship with space and her surroundings are the foundations on which her work grows. By having a direct physical connection with a place she creates a relationship, realising the importance of that physicality and what can emerge from it. Drawn to the feeling of insignificance which is evoked when immersed in the magnitude of the landscape, Emma’s work is directly informed by these experiences and the places in which she finds them.
Currently Emma is working on both in-studio paintings and larger site specific installations. Describing her work as abstract landscape paintings, she creates spaces through distorted perspectives and contrasts between colours and mark making techniques. By working with abstracted form and colour compositions, she hopes that her paintings provide space for the viewer’s individual interpretation driven by their own personal experiences and relationship with place.
image details: Emma WHITE, Pinecone palmfuls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 152 x 112cm.