Taking inspiration from the world of the theatrical, artists Rosie Emerson and Nina Fowler both create work focused around desire and beauty.
Rosie Emerson's figures draw reference from female archetypes old and new, from Artemis to the modern day super model. In using a variety of different processes, such as props, dramatic lighting, costume and collage, Emerson is able to create ethereal and enchanting images of goddess-like status.
Nominated for the BP Portrait Award in 2008 and short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2010, Nina Fowler's energized drawings have a tactile quality that not only celebrates her meticulous draftsmanship but also pays homage to the characters in the effigies.
Submerging the viewer in a world of fantasy, Emerson's statuesque, mythical beings offer a convincing suspension of disbelief while Fowler's intricate, expressive drawings depict a moment delicately suspended and severed from all context. The artworks are reminiscent of theatre stage sets immersing the viewer in an alternate reality, unaware of the complexities behind the constructed facade.
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