Approved: 26.04.2013

Emma Wilde

Artist

Approved: 26.04.2013

My practice is predominantly focused on drawing. A love of the natural environment and the influence of film permeates much of my work. I work largely from film stills and my own photography and cinema is often influential in how these images are selected and constructed. The finished drawings often explore how nature and the built environment co-exist and impose themselves upon each other - one pushing

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Artist Statement

My practice is predominantly focused on drawing. A love of the natural environment and the influence of film permeates much of my work. I work largely from film stills and my own photography and cinema is often influential in how these images are selected and constructed. The finished drawings often explore how nature and the built environment co-exist and impose themselves upon each other - one pushing against the other. By capturing overlooked moments the work operates in forgotten pockets where nature riddles suburbia, planters have become overgrown and industry lies dormant - drawn in by an encroaching flora. Throughout this work I try to employ a sense of tension and stillness to create a feeling of imminence or disquiet. I am often drawn to forgotten and unsettled environments or places of isolation. My approach is to capture and record the movement of these unwatched places through close observation and focused rendering.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2014 - 'Drawings and Paintings', Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 2012 - 'Drawings', NN Contemporary Art Northampton (Fishmarket). 

Group exhibitions 2016 - The John Ruskin Prize, Recording Britain: Society, New Art Gallery, Walsall. 2015 - 'The Discerning Eye', Mall Galleries, London. 2015 - MK Calling II, Milton Keynes Gallery. 2013 - 'MK Calling', Milton Keynes Gallery. 2013 - 'Drawing Biennial', Drawing Room, London. 2012 - Matt Roberts Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London. 2011 - 'New Art MK', Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes. 2010 - 'MK Fringe Annual Painting Prize', Milton Keynes. 

Residencies 2010 - 'Open House', Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford. 2012 - Market Walk, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton. 

Commissions 2013 - NN The New Archive, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton. 

Awards  2013 - Milton Keynes Community Foundation Arts Bursary.