Silk Purse from a Sows Ear, 2009

This body of work titled ‘Silk Purse from a Sows Ear’ was exhibited at the Lane Gallery, Auckland City, July 2009. All works are screeen-printing and painting on wood panels. In this se…

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Silk Purse from a Sows Ear, 2009

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Emma McLellan

This body of work titled ‘Silk Purse from a Sows Ear’ was exhibited at the Lane Gallery, Auckland City, July 2009.

All works are screeen-printing and painting on wood panels.

In this series of works i combined my  fascination with the grotesque, the weird and the hybrid (drawn from an interest in the engraving techniques that produced works of medieval bestiary) and my love of the pattern, repetition and texture of antique fabrics and wallpapers. i wished to fill the  gallery with decorative ideas of animorphism, laid out as if it were as innocuous a thing as a repeating wallpaper motif.

 The effect of  the repetition of such oddities and curiosities is to generate a “second-glance” interest, whereby the sumptuousness of pattern draws the viewer into a closer examination of subject matter.

I like my work to draw allusions on one level to print metaphors (replica, edition, copy) and at a deeper level to the concepts of mutation. Mutation is the introduction of newness, difference and diversity into a genetic pool – a concept that is often viewed in a negative light and which has lead to the pejorative connotations of the term ‘mutant’. It is this idea of difference that is both societally unacceptable yet culturally fascinating.

Spare Parts for Repeat Prescription, 2015

 

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This work plays with an idea of re-created malleable spare parts.

Genetic engineering and mutation in its dual negative and positive connotations. It is this idea of difference that is both societally unacceptable yet culturally fascinating.

This can be worn, stored or exhibited. Reproduced sometimes perfectly, sometimes misprinted the individual images repeat like a gene codes with the slippages and twists.

Winner of Impressions II- Mairangi Arts National Print Award, New Zealand,  2015

screen- printed textiles and machine sewn

Recollections 2013-2014

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This series of work spans several years and is a project I still add too.

Over several years I have viewed many everyday images of objects from online collections.

The screen prints on small, oddly cut panels explore the very human desire to collect objects.

As random imagined collections recreated they explore the nostalgia and sometimes aura an object can hold.

These images are a collection reproduced in second hand and recreated of someone’s treasured online blog.

Re -edited and sampled, I combine screen-printing and painting to rework images that hopefully create individual responses to narratives and connections to the past.

Gallery

Homely Frontiers 2014

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Screen - printing and Painting on panel- 2014  900mm x 900mm


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Screen-printing and Painting on panel- 2014 900mm x 900mm


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The Vivian Gallery, Matakana, New Zealand  March 2014

These paintings explore the very human desire to collect objects.

I have sampled everyday images of objects from online collections.

Examining nostalgia and sometimes the aura an object from the past can instil, I am interested in the notion that some objects seem to have a life span of use; followed by a period of neglect. As time passes, some everyday objects are elevated to valuable collectable largely for there attachment to memory.

Carefully selected and edited, I combine screenprinting and painting to rework images that hopfully reveal individual reponses to narratives and connections with the past.

All works are screen- print and painting on panel.