b. 1991, San Francisco, USA
Emma's current body of work addresses the tension between an old world rooted in lived experience and our modern world that exists in virtual space. In her work, the use of painterly, romantic, and figurative techniques represent authentic real experience, and the use of fabricated collage (or implied collage) evokes virtual space -- calling attention to this mashup of tradition and modernity. Subject, object, and architecture are arranged to reveal the non-linear timeline and history that her subjects carry.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a climate dense with fog, has influenced her to represent landscape in a blurred and dreamlike way. The use of natural settings, organic shapes, and colors specific to this landscape are repeated elements in her work. San Francisco is also an area of innovation within the social media industry. Living in this environment she is inundated with virtual stimuli. With the explosion of tech and social media innovation in San Francisco her work digests the effect of this phenomenon on our subconscious by creating visual depictions of the layered and fragmented ways in which we consume media. Digital media being integrated into every day life is something that she has observed, participated in, and critiqued within her life and work.