Rosie Emerson tells TINT ART Gallery about her artistic development June 27 2014, 0 Comments


Rosie is a full time working artist living in Hackney Wick. Her work is highly admired and she has a range of Collectors, ranging from Gallerists to young collectors to established art gurus. We tip her as one to watch and one to buy into now.

Candida Stevens of TINT ART Gallery went to Rosie’s studio in Hackney Wick to interview her about her artistic development:

Who and what are your artistic influences?

My Inspirations come from sources old and new, I love to travel when I can and I am forever drawn to the ornate and decorative. Florence has inspired several works, both the Florentine frescos and statues to the glistening gold of the early renaissance paintings in the Uffizi. In London, I visit galleries like The V&A and the Wallace Collection, I love finely crafted jewelry and Armoury.  Nature is also a resounding influence, I have used pictures I have taken in Kew Gardens in my work and I take photos regularly when out walking my dog, Prince.


Can you tell me a little about your early journey as an artist after leaving art college?

After graduating in 2004 I was en route to do a Masters when I stopped off in Dorset, my home county, and I ended up sharing a Georgian town house with a ceramicist.  We set up a little gallery called the Shotgun gallery because it was above a gun shop and made work there for 2 years. We lived amongst damp and open rafters but it allowed me the opportunity to experiment with different ideas and carry on making work. I then returned to London to reengage with the London energy.


What has coming back to London done for you creatively?

I think the diversity of creative people is important. Lots of people working within cross disciplines, like costume design and photography.  Having access to a broader group along with all the exhibitions and all that London has going for it.


What informed your stylistic development, for example the long sweeping legs? 

My first collection of Long thin ladies was the model series which were inspired by silhouettes of fashion photography and were a kind of comment on the perverse alien creatures of catwalk models. I’m sure there were other less conscious influences like Japanese painting and Alphonse Mucha. Then I did the Legs & Drawers series inspired by Florence, the frescos and statues and furniture books. My Dad is a cabinet maker so I’ve grown up around antique furniture. One of the Legs & Drawers originals is 12 foot long, they just kept getting longer.  I then wanted to work with photography and do my own shoots and be able to scale up, so I worked on the Goddess series and the Louise Brooks commission for a cruise ship and the Annoushka series. The screen prints came next. I wanted to soften the photographic image, experimenting with different powders and elements. Then I moved onto the cyanotypes, which is where I’m at. I’ve just started moving the objects half way through the exposure which is exciting.


Did you start working with any particular favourite medium?

I’d say collage is still what I feel is the essence of my working process, but not necessarily using scissors, more of a methodology, putting things together that weren’t together before. I like changing and combining mediums, like hand painted with photographic. I’m really enjoying the cyanotypes at the moment.


What is next?

In terms of technique I’d like to try some salt prints. These are similar to cyanotypes, but come out brown. They are more technically challenging but I’m up for it. I have various shows coming up including as Exhibition with 3 other cyanotype artists, all women, double negative darkroom.


What is your artistic dream?

I’m hoping to break the world record for the biggest cyanotype print, 9m x 6m.


Watch this space!