What inspires your art practice?
Emmelia: I continue to reflect on what I see as key elements of the transience of life, human circumstances and behaviours. While searching for answers I find myself generating associations, many of which veil hidden agendas and complexities. I shift between abstract and figurative traditions, in this case the outcome is a mix of satire, parody, imitation, and vulnerability. Sometimes the intangible attributes of status, power, emotion and exploitation find a voice.
Append: Experiencing the world is inspiration for my art practice. I am drawn to materials and they dictate the outcomes. I see connections and constructive developments between objects as I work.
What materials do you work in?
Emmelia: Materials are just the means to an end, so anything takes it’s place in the mind as a tool for expression. Steel, plastic paint, found materials, clay, wire.
Append: I will use any material if it has the qualities I am looking for. If I can make it develop into a visually accurate and strong artwork all the better. Steel, clay, paint, drawing, ephemeral and found objects.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Emmelia is made from steel with the original design cut using a plasma cutter. She has the voices and the faces of many.
Append: This work uses found plastic sheeting, knitted together to form the connected mass. It is connected and embedded to its surroundings as an appendage.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Mostly private collections in NZ and across the world.