October 6, 2009

Dislocation: British Isles

Dislocation Series: British Isles, 2009

Dissected road atlases.

Deconstructed to give a distorted picture, misleading information, heighten confusion, and give a false sense of security.

“The book feels to me like the recording of many overlappingĀ  journeys, blending into one. It brings me to a depth of thought that I love, and I enjoy those relationships between labor and materials, and in this case how that time feels (to me) like such a part of real and metaphorical travels (implied by the use of maps), in the thoughts that occur as the work takes place. The removal of places, leaving only threads behind, suggests a desire to forget, a loss of memory, or selectively remembering by keeping what’s wanted intact”

(Laura Mayotte)


October 6, 2009

STACK (Hypertension)

STACK (Hypertension)

‘STACK (Hypertension)’ is the first in a series of towers / heaps of paper: observing the ways people close to me collect & hoard objects. On a personal level, it is within my nature (a) to hoard / archive objects, and (b) deconstruct / destroy them. As an inherited trait, this interests me a great deal: not only do the objects themselves contain a history, but so does the obsessive way in which they are treated.

FLIP (release)

FLIP (release)

My Mother-in-Law hoarded newspapers and magazines, and kept them piled up in a gigantic stack on a footstool infront of the television – usually it obscured the view. She refused to throw any of them away as they might have a useful article or interesting recipe inside.

One boring Sunday, this inspired me to make an even bigger pile of newspapers, so high that they would reach the ceiling – it was so precarious it had to be supported by steel wires in my studio (this was “Hypertension” – the first in the series). Eventually I was forced to dismantle it, as it was in danger of bringing the ceiling down – and quite as an afterthought, stacked the papers in the corner and threw the footstool upside down ontop of the pile – hey presto “FLIP(release)” (Part 2). This is the one I recreated in the Fort.

I always intended to take the papers to the dump for recycling after the show as there is no space for me to keep them, and even I think that would be silly…
On the final day of the exhibition, I went to do one of my usual checks on the exhibition rooms – and found to my surprise that for the first time in over a month of not moving, the pile had buckled in the middle, and looked in severe danger of collapse – but I managed to shore it up sufficiently to last until the end of the exhibition.

This was the day she died.

SPIRIT 290644-040509


290644 – 040509

This is what remains, and it is the last in the series, “Hypertensinon”, “FLIP (release)” and “Spirit”


October 6, 2009

Points of Reference, 4th April - 4th May 2009

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

4th April – 4th May 2009

This exhibition looks at the creative aspects of recycling, deconstructing and re-building found reference materials (books, maps, etc) into artworks.

Emma uses objects, images, and text to explore recurring themes such as the fragmented nature of memory, time and history. Found objects are reconstructed into artworks which often have a defined structural or ‘architectural’ form relating to the space they inhabit, but also standing as a tangible and symbolic presence of the information contained within (books, maps, letters, etc).

The exhibition brings together a series of installations and sculptures dealing with issues of deconstruction and transformation and the ambiguity of communication, and will also include an ongoing series of work dealing with maps, their imagery and concepts. A series of maps and atlases have been painstakingly ‘dissected’ by the artist, revealing a radically altered visual and physical structure.


Between the Lines*


Against the Grain

Against the Grain

A floor-based installation made out of large quantities of folded paperback books. Deals with issues of deconstruction and transformation, the recycling of materials, and the ambiguity of text – as well as the obsessive repetitive actions used in the making of the work.


Dislocation: Landguard, 2009

Images from the residency at Landguard Fort, April 2009.

Dislocation 1

Dislocation 2

Dislocation 3

Dislocation 4

Dislocation 5