Emily Little (ITA) 1–3/2016

The visual artist Emily Little was born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand, and she studied in Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Arts. She currently lives and works in Rome.
Emily Little: Luci d'inverno - Talven valo. 2016. KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. Photo: Antti J.Leinonen

As a painter of landscapes, she is interested in exploring the quality of light as well as spaces and the essence of places. While working with the traditional disciplines of painting and sculpture, she is constantly experimenting and looking for new ways of presenting a more “experiential” landscape. In her current practice she is also concerned with the abstract elements of time, motion and memory.

The exhibition “Luci d´inverno—Talven valo” at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre presented works of art created by Little during her three-month residency January–March 2016. During her visit, Little fell in love with the blue light of the north, which then became the cohesive and supporting theme of the exhibition. The art on display in “Luci d´inverno—Talven valo” explored light during the day and light at nigh as well as reflections in the wintery landscape. The exhibition included sketches to study the light in the north as well as finalized works. Little works with unconventional materials: for the KulttuuriKauppila exhibition, she created works with hand-dyed mosquito netting and fishing line. After the nets were dyed, the artist sewed the multi-layered nets into various shapes. She was particularly fascinated by the way the nets reflected light while they were transparent. These pieces could well be called sculpture-installations and hard-wire paintings.

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