By selectively re-appropriating and layering her drawings on tissue paper into unusual and at times awkward compositions on canvas, Emalie challenges her own ideas of what might be visually, and by extension culturally, comfortable or harmonious.
Through paint, ink and collage Emalie Bingham explores the deconstruction and reconstruction of her continually evolving paradigms, experience and patterns of thought. Emalie breaks down her drawings by literally cutting and tearing them up. For her, the subjects of these drawings represent notions of strength, weakness, survival, excess, extravagance, fragility, flexibility, adaptability, movement, fixedness, or stillness. By selectively re-appropriating and layering the drawings into unusual and at times awkward compositions on canvas – in which negative and positive spaces are equally relevant – Emalie challenges her own ideas of what might be visually, and by extension culturally, comfortable or harmonious. She questions what belongs where and why, and whether there are possibly more creative and unexplored alternatives. The five recent artworks created for the recent Moving Still group exhibition at the AVA Gallery – the culmination of Nando’s Creative Exchange, in partnership with Spier Arts Trust in which Emalie participated, invites the viewer to do the same.
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