Friday, April 16, 2010

emma walker




a massive highlight of the trip away was visiting the gallery up the road from my dad's {and his wife's} house ~ the tweed river art gallery. it's a beautifully designed building on top of one of the hills, overlooking the river and the other cow/bird spotted hills {photos of this spot}. there are lots of skinny vertical windows in just the right places ~ it's kind of like a landscape painting in progress!
i visited emma walker's exhibition {the dawn language} a few times ~ the second time she was giving a talk. aggghhhh! she spoke my language! it was so great to hear her talk about the stories behind this work and her processes. her show is all about dealing with the death of her father {a sailor who was killed at sea and buried in the ocean} and the moments between sleep and consciousness. that abstract moment where a dream meets the demands of the day . . .
i felt quite a connection with a both of these themes and especially love the first piece {which is around 3 metres wide}.

1. the rising . oil and mixed media on linen
2. a life time of moments dispersing . oil and mixed media on linen
3. laid to rest . oil and mixed media on linen

**images and gallery info from this page of emma's website

10 comments:

mizu designs said...

These paintings are stunning! The first one especially.

simone said...

I agree these paintings are gorgeous, and evoke great emotion. Thanks for posting them :)

zoetropa said...

These are wonderful, really like them all but especially the second one. I'm glad you had a nice trip and you found such beautiful inspiration.

Amelia said...

the kind of thing that makes you dream a thousand dreams and wish to go there . . . .

thanks for sharing.

Amelia.x

June rhymes with moon said...

very interesting - I love paintings that tell a story but leave it vague enough that you can put your own story into them, too.

Hazel Terry said...

Lovely the use of colour reminds me of sprinkles on fairy cakes.

helena / little mo said...

gahhh!!! wow! oh! i've just been spellbound by emma's works! Thanks for showing it to me belinda! I think i'm sort of speechless right now...

Aris said...

Wow her work is beautiful!!!!

Jessica Torrant said...

WOW - love them all!

.girl ferment. said...

these are lovely works and i see the sense a similar style to yours.

on first glance the rising looked like hundreds and thousands.
xx

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