Outer Limits is a growing series of work that reflects Emma’s interest in the Earth’s symbiotic relationship with the greater Universe and explores the concept of how in the microcosm you see the macrocosm. The shiny bronze and gold metals used in this series suggest an element of spirituality and questioning around different interpretations of the feminine and the divine.
The Sacred And The Profane
bronze, plaster, rubber, vintage glass vitrine; 60 x 70 x 30 cm; 2015
Passion For Freedom Festival: People’s Choice Award
The Sacred And The Profane triptych represents a ‘holy trinity’ of Father (monk and son), Son (Madonna and child) and Holy Vagina (vagina and labia).
According to philosopher Emile Durkheim religion encourages the separation of the Sacred from the Profane. The Sacred refers to recognised beliefs and rituals that are set apart from society, transcending the monotony of daily life. The Profane, on the other hand, embodies everything else, the mundane. This work asks us to rejects this separation and discover the Sacred in what is considered Profane.
L’Origine du Monde
gold plated bronze with 1960’s vintage globe; 80 x 50 x 40 cm; 2014
Winter Pride UK 2014: 1st Prize, Visual Art Award
L’Origine du Monde looks at how Man has pushed the frontier of his exploration beyond Mother Earth and into the far reaches of the galaxy, gaining some perspective of his place in the Universe. Contrasted with birth, of being thrust out of the womb’s inner floating-space into our Mother Earth’s harsh reality, where gravity’s insistent pull and life’s slings and arrows attempt to thwart our innate drive for autonomy.
Vessel of Grace
oil on canvas; 70 x 50 cm; 2015
Vessel of Grace refers to the bringer of life or Mother Earth. Emma used a life model to make this work, and in contrast to whimsical depictions of the female form, Emma’s ‘Mother Earth’ is not delicate or subtle, but a more primitive celebration of divine feminine strength. The gold leaf used on the work emphasises perfection in the unification of the heart, the head and the sensual; a vital trilogy for homeostasis.