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Digital Textile Prints

Lost Histories III digital textile print on silk 900mm x 300mm

Lost Histories I digital textile print on silk 1000mm x 1000mm

Lost Histories II digital textile print on canvas 1000mm x 1000mm

Detail Lost Histories IV digital Print on Viscose

memoir of a home digital print on silk, 1000mm x 1000mm 2019

Fictitious Hybrids and other imagined fantastical beasts

This series of works plays with ideas of cloning hybrids and recorded beasts. These works are unique state screen print on digitally printed grounds on paper. The digital prints are photographed from old novels and books of illustrations the screen printed images randomly printed in layers as one would layer paint.

Fictitious Hybrid I Screen print on digital ground 2017 on paper

Fictitious Hybrid II Screen print on digital ground 2017 on paper

Fictitious Hybrid VI Screen print on digital ground on paper 2017

Fictitious Hybrid VII Screen print on digital ground on paper 2017

Cloned Natives Museum

From the cloned natives museum series- Kokako CMYK screen print on circular panel

From the cloned natives museum series- Huia tui CMYK screen print on circular panel

From the cloned natives museum series- Kokako CMYK screen print and collage on paper

From the cloned natives museum series- Kokako II CMYK screen print and collage on paper

From the cloned natives museum series- Huia Tui II CMYK screen print and collage on paper

From the cloned natives museum series- Huia Tui II CMYK screen print and collage on paper

From the cloned natives museum series- Swan and pigs trotters CMYK screen print on panel

Re imaging Keulemans Wrybill

This series of small collages pay homage to a special NZ bird, the wrybill and the dutch bird illustrator JG Keuleman. His painting, Wrybill & Shore Plover 1888 became a popular print. The Wrybill is a unique shore bird as it has laterally curved bill. These works were part of a group exhibition From the Rivers to the Shore.

Re imaging Keulemans Wrybill III collage and drawing on paper 220mm x 260mm 2017

Re imaging Keulemans Wrybill IV collage and drawing on paper 220mm x 260mm 2017

Re imaging Keulemans Wrybill II collage and drawing on paper 220mm x 260mm 2017

Spare Parts for the Broken Hearted

This work plays with an idea of re-created cloned spare parts and the possibility of growing human tissue.

 My work for several years has combined a fascination with the hybrid, medical science and genetic engineering. I like to draw parallels with the inherent nature of print; multiplication, the copy with the science and act of cloning. Hand Printed and stitched these cloned hearts are imperfect mutated copies of an original template.

Pushing print into soft textile sculpture allows the work a playfulness not present in a 2D print behind a glass or mount.

Spares for the Broken Hearted Various sizes screen printed and stitched felt 2017

Detail Spares for the Broken Hearted screen printed and stitched felt 2017

Spares for the Broken Hearted II screen printed paper various sizes 2018

…..Silk Purse from a Sows Ear

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

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

The title of this show comes from the saying ‘you cant make a silk purse from a sows ear’, which is something my grandfather used to say, and alludes to the idea of attempting to  make something beautiful from something that is not.

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 in printed works of medieval bestiaries) 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.

counting your chickens before

 Counting your Chickens before, Painting and Screen printing, 1000mm x 1000mm

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Ex Familia Muris, 2009 Painting and Screen printing  1000mm x 1000mm

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 Silk Purse from a Sows Ear II, 2009 Painting and Screen printing 1000mm x 1000mm

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Ordo Inconditus Pullus II, 2009 Painting and Screen printing  1000mm x 1000mm

Emma McLellan

Pullus Morbus, 2009 Painting and Screen printing 1000mm x 1000mm

clones and oddities of nature

The Clones and other oddities works continued in a playful way from the Chimera series exploring the idea of animal hybrids and mismatched impossible clones. Source imagery was reworked in photoshop from appropriated animal fantasies from medieval bestaries and woodcut blocks using collage before screen printing and painting onto panels.

cloneBestiary Clone, painting and screen print

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Chimera Clone IX, painting and screen print on panel

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Chimera Clone V, painting and screen print on panel

Bestiary Clone II, painting and screen print

Mis-matched I collage screen print and paint on paper

Mis-matched II collage screen print and paint on paper

Mis-matched III collage screen print and paint on paper

mis matched bestiary screen print on paper with negative details

all works print painting and collage on paper

Estuary Textiles 2015

This work was created to celebrate the unique and fragile flora and fauna  of Aucklands Manukau tidal estuary for the Estuary Art Awards in 2015. This work was exhibited at  Uxbridge Gallery, Auckland New Zealand.

The work is made from digitally printed artist canvas and machine stitched, the dimensions are in two hanging variable wreaths each approximately 1.5 long

EmmaMclellan esturary