A subtle emotional landscape that resonates within the South Downs is revealed within these works, as Emma Hartley continues her exploration for a sense of the esoteric mystery of the land.This series began with ‘Hinterland’ at SHED, Froxfield in 2010 and this year ‘Half Truth’ at Redchurch Gallery, London.Paint bleeds across the canvas or watercolour paper, with a freedom of spirit, like scales of a graph monitoring a heartbeat, and the lines in wait for a musical score.
Emma Hartley finds inspiration from the paradox of connection and disconnection. Part of her artist practise is to walk across the South Downs National Park and the Ashford Hangers. Back in the studio, the walking of well-worn ancient paths fuses her work with a strength that’s calm and exudes a gentle beauty. She seeks to represent the fragility of the earth, threatened by the consistent demands mankind makes upon it, alongside its ability simply to exist.
Influences of Rothko and Barnett Newman can be found in Emma’s exploration, a search for spiritual truth through simplicity and the paring down from the noise of life.
Emma Hartley studied for a BA in Fine Art at Winchester College under the tutelage of many artists, including Danny Rolph, whose work is amongst the collections at the Tate and The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Emma is a member of the Sedici group of artists with whom she has shown her work.
GalleryMuse is delighted to show Emma Hartley for two weeks from 1st – 16th November 2013.