The western artwork canon is a parade of well-known feminine nudes, virtually all of which have been painted by males. Emma Currie’s new present with TDF Accumulate, Venus in Repose, creates a dialogue with this custom, connecting an archetypal femininity with a lyrical pastel palette to introduce a brand new, modern visible language with which to view these acquainted feminine varieties.
Grappling with the classical beliefs of female magnificence, these works acknowledge their conventional roots, whereas creating area for battle and questioning. Emma instructions company for her lounging our bodies, a lot of that are direct references from classical artwork historical past: Modigliani’s Nu couché, Matisse’s Blue Nude II, Cezanne’s The Giant Bathers, and Manet’s Olympia. Her delicate new coda represents the contradictions of up to date womanhood.
We chatted with Emma to study a bit extra in regards to the making of Venus in Repose!
Final time we caught up we had been in an eerily completely different, but very comparable time. What has modified for you during the last yr?
It does really feel eerily much like final yr after we had been in lockdown preparing for my debut present! So in that sense it seems like not quite a bit has modified in any respect. It’s undoubtedly been a bizarre time. I’ve simply been surviving as greatest I can. Nonetheless feeling very fortunate to be right here, portray in my little studio at residence, comparatively untouched by the pandemic.
How has your artwork apply/processes developed during the last yr?
My method of working has turn out to be a bit extra environment friendly during the last yr, so I’ve had a bit further time to discover and analysis and discover inspiration. I’ve additionally had more room for reflection which is an enormous a part of creative apply and evolution. Having that area has actually allowed me to query and mirror on my material and thats mainly the place this sequence of labor stems from.
Are you able to inform us about Venus In Repose? What sort of headspace had been you in whereas creating this physique of labor?
I’ve been in a reasonably conflicted headspace whereas creating these items to be sincere. As a lady, it’s vital to me to not perpetuate the passive consumption of the feminine physique. However it’s additionally what I like to do, paint the physique. There’s a particular sort of resistance that’s routinely implied being a lady who paints the feminine nude. The gaze is considerably extra equalised, much less objectifying. However the foundation of any portrayal of the feminine nude in artwork nonetheless stems from a centuries previous visible language that impacts how we view and interpret what makes an ‘acceptable’ nude as we speak.
Venus in Repose as a group acknowledges its roots on this classical language, as the numerous reclining, sitting or lounging figures relate distinctly to any variety of nudes painted all through historical past. Lots of the artworks are in actual fact direct references to a number of the most well-known and memorable nudes of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Modigliani’s Nu couché, Matisse’s Blue Nude II, Cezanne’s The Giant Bathers, and Manet’s Olympia to call just a few.
In making these work and acknowledging the function of these classical beliefs of female magnificence, I’ve been capable of interact in a dialogue with custom, making allowances for the contradictions and conflicts I really feel as a girls working inside the conventions of a facet of artwork historical past that’s deeply problematic. Although not essentially making an attempt to subvert the male gaze via any new type of illustration, I’m somewhat co opting this classical language with a view to achieve a way of company over it.
What are you feeling impressed by proper now?
I’m truly discovering inspiration a bit robust in the meanwhile with every part occurring. With every lockdown I have a tendency to slide right into a unmotivated stoop for a short while. I’ve began a small assortment of pretty artwork books these days although and I flip to them for inspiration continuously. I’ve additionally been loving The Nice Girls Artists podcast and Instagram web page for locating artists to get impressed by.
What else is on the horizon for you in 2021?
Hopefully shifting into a much bigger studio! I’ve been feeling fairly squashed these days. Additionally I’ve just a few collabs on the horizon. I’ve been engaged on a collaboration with native upcoming vogue label Honeymoon Studios which I’m enthusiastic about and will likely be popping out fairly quickly!
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Venus in Repose by Emma Currie
An exhibition offered by TDF Accumulate