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Emma Fineman

  • About the artist



    Royal College of Art (RCA); London, UK; MA in Painting (2018)


    Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Baltimore, MD; BFA in Painting,Magna Cum Laude (2013)


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  • Artist statement

    In my practice, I explore methods to fracture and reconfigure pictorial space. This I deploy as a means to describe and digest the dense compression and spacialization of time in contemporary culture. In our moment, we are inundated with visual information that renders our ability to understand and process experience, as well as our sense of time and perspective, haphazard if not indeed skewed. My paintings begin here and assert the idea of looking at and through such a fractured pictorial space. I then begin to question how figural information might exist within this frame.


    I am developing a body of work that addresses interests in what happens to narrative under such conditions and examines the possibilities of figurative painting to both extend and compress descriptive time. I am particularly interested in the tempo and speed of culture now and the effects this enacts on memory and perspective. I feel my generation experiences space and time as both past and present–at once near and then rendered in the digital to feel simultaneously removed and far. My work attempts to reconstruct figural space in order to call into question this disposition and draws on resources and devices established through the historical legacy of painting’s past, while situating it in the here and now of our contemporary moment. My research manifests itself in a series of gestural marks that sit somewhere between drawing and painting; between the quick note-to-self one makes in order to jot down an idea, and the more prolonged meditation on the parts of daily life that, for some unknowable reason, affix themselves to the back of ones mind and kick about with an unnerving permanence. This a mix of the personal and the shared, or collective provides an experiential basis and context for my paintings.


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