Emma is currently in her final year of the Design Studies degree at Pembrokeshire College.
As an artist, Emma is interested in that which could be considered the mundane, overlooked or unimportant experiences of every day life. For her the role of the mother encapsulates these qualities and it is from the experiences of motherhood that much of her work is derived.
Maternal work is in many ways an invisible form of work. Emma’s interest in highlighting the invisible stems from its transferability to other areas of life and society. Perhaps on some level we all relate to a nagging sense of irrelevance or fear of becoming marginalised?
Previous work has included:
Who Cares Anyway?
To care for another human being is, in my view, a highly honouring and privileged position of great trust. As a carer the role can involve practical tasks, physical/personal care, medical procedures, emotional support and help with communicating. For some caring 24/7 there is very little space for ones self. What is a very rewarding role can at times become an immense burden and strain.
This work explores the feelings a carer might experience such as loneliness, frustration, stress, anxiety and low mood. An initial set of marks were created representing these emotions. The marks were then recreated using various media, such as screen prints, directly painting onto fabric, using various dyeing techniques, stitching and machine embroidery. Pieces were carefully selected, arranged and sewn together to make a blanket.
The photographs depict the carer in the confines of the caring environment, wearing the blanket, emphasising the loneliness and isolation, of a job not sought after, highly paid or well recognised.
Photography by Sally Goodyear.
A Slice of the Everyday
The idea behind this work came about from spending hours, preparing many meals for a family of seven! Sometimes the act of preparing a meal can be monotonous, other times the repetition can become a moment of relaxation, regardless, it is repeated day in, day out.
To highlight these two polarised effects, the detail of the action has been performed and encapsulated in a direct surface print. These were created in to screen prints, to exaggerate the repetition. A mixture of natural (beetroot), and procion dyes have been painted/printed.
The pieces are hung in such a way that allows the projected film of meal preparation to have a layered quality, capturing a slice of the everyday.