Emily is an artist living and working in London. She became a member of art collective Plastic Propaganda following Fatherland, her inaugural solo exhibition in 2016. Emily is also a Michael Harding Featured Artist, a title which is shared by David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin. A degree in Art History (UCL) has informed her work with a rich legacy of symbolism. Specialising in mixed media and oil paintings, her work is nostalgic and introspective and yet asks universal questions about the human condition and inevitability.
A sense of time passing and the endless flux of organic matter both in nature and the body are central to her work. It is typified by the themes of personal loss and mourning, the inevitable decomposition in nature and life, and the memories which are ultimately all that endure. It has become increasingly preoccupied with the dichotomy of life and decay as inseparable, as one and the same. For a lot of life the destruction of one thing is necessary for the growth and renewal of another. In this way both tragedy and beauty can be found in decay.
There is a focus on colour and texture and always the hint of an unspoken grief which never quite unravels itself from its decorative expression. Her aesthetic choices and appropriation of nature’s allegory betray an idyllic childhood in the English countryside and a preoccupation with the inextricable dichotomy of beauty and decay.