Through her provocative artworks, Emma fuses colour with themes of love, anger and female empowerment. Her art caught the attention of music giants Spotify, with whom she collaborated for 'Who We Be Live' in 2017.
Often using herself for photographic reference, the graphic design graduate sketches out the composition with a pencil before deciding on a colour palette determined by the emotions behind the piece.
The next step is to layer the canvas with watered-down inks and acrylic paints to create texture. When satisfied, she uses the background to create the world the character embodies. Alternately obliterating and refining the image brings further energy and movement.
Emma says: “My art stems from an emotion or energy that I want to convey on the canvas from within. The nucleus of my work revolves around matters of the heart, either from my own personal experiences or from identifying with other people and translating their emotions.”
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Emma's first step when creating art is to turn up the music! She explains: "It's very important for me to always have music playing when I create art, as it evokes emotion and intensifies the process. It usually has a similar feel to the piece I'm painting; for instance, if I want to produce a high-energy piece I will play high-tempo music."
After sketching out the composition with a pencil, she considers tonal qualities. Often she starts with monotone colours to establish the light and shadows early on. A graphic design graduate, she regularly experiments with colours in Photoshop before deciding on the final palette. Once satisfied, she uses the background to establish the world the character embodies - often working on the floor.
Emma explains: "It is a very expressive and intuitive part of the process. My main aim at this point is to intensify the emotion of the piece by bringing energy and movement."
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