W I T H I N A N D B E L O W
The search to understand self and place continuously directs me to spaces in which human-centred narratives of progress abandon. Through gesture and colour I investigate the life that sustains us, whilst also considering geographies of the mind.
As my practice continues to explore the complexities of humanity’s desire to belong, I resituate myself in a studio where plein air works are transformed by imagination and distorted by the inaccuracies of memory. It is here that I can go within and below the surface; of landscape, mind and canvas. I question perspective, knowledge, and truth, but most importantly, I paint. A combination of gestural, bold, and sensitive marks, colour, and collage aims to communicate how we are all deeply inscribed in the world as equally strange and messy combinations of ambiguous matter.
Shifting between following the paint and pursuing a composition, I am seduced into a familiar yet peculiar place that speaks of the something that is beyond my understanding and comprehension. WITHIN AND BELOW explores the interconnecting worlds of trees, rocks, soil, human, and all else, articulated through the language of paint.
Emily Imeson, August 2021