Emma Neuberg (b.1969, London, UK) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2000 and lives and works in London. She is a British artist who has recently enjoyed consecutive solo shows in the UK that celebrate the large-scale, immersive qualities of her work and its assertive, feminine vision.
Her work is driven by experiences of syzygetic forces and their oppositional pulls and effects. The visual and material results are blocks of colour dragged and pushed across paper and canvas in striking abstractions that merge, clash and blend. Imagined and recalled landscapes overlap in layers of pastel, oil and ink and scale-up into large, immersive installations.
The work is about loss and relief where the latter is arrived at through the art of making and thereby metabolizes difficult experiences. This creative and self-regulating process is particularly apt at a time when the cultural backdrop is one of blame, denial and unconscious behaviors. The work is bold and joyous to view and the energy and purpose in each piece is powerful and compelling.
The works grouped for the show are called Memory of Colour. They represent a collection of large pastel drawings and fabric prints from the period 2014 to 2018. The main fabric installation is called Drape and is a new iteration of an older piece (Drapes, 2016). For this exhibition, the artist has responded to the gallery space with its raw, bare-brick, industrial history in order to create a new iteration of the work and its relationship with her integral drawing process.
“Drape is an immersive forest of 20 fabric folds patterned with brightly bold and textured foliage, bringing the outside world in. Totems to the natural world, this installation subtly breathes in the space as the geometric artworks softly flutter in the breeze and move the viewer's eye from the artworks’ surface to their abstracted depths.” Saff Williams, Curator at Studio 7 Projects, London.
The large pastel drawings show the immediacy and speed of working with spontaneous feelings and memories in order to arrive at a form of thought. Each piece (paper and canvas) informs the next in a continuous cycle of progression, development, meaning and culture.
Textile prints 1.4 x 3.2 m
Pastel drawings 76 x 56 x 0.2 cm