Monday 20 January 2020

Emma's works examine online self-image

Emma Howe, centre, with visual arts assistant Larry Dunne and visual arts manager Lisa Byrne
Emma Howe, centre, with visual arts assistant Larry Dunne and visual arts manager Lisa Byrne
Leech London

Maria pepper

An exhibition called yellowcake279 by Emma Howe was inspired by the Blackwater-born artist's interest in how people use and interact with social media such as Instagram to present a curated version of their lives and experiences.

The show which will continue at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy until February 23, is Emma's first solo exhibition of work in County Wexford. She has been a practising visual artist since graduating from the National College of Art and Design in 2017 and now lives and works in Dublin.

She opened the exhibition herself and spoke about her work, the support she received and what it means to be a young artist in Ireland while Visual Arts Manager Lisa Byrne underlined how important it is for young artists to be heard.

The exhibition is the result of many hours dedicated to studio practice outside Emma's regular working life. Inspired by the use of modern information platforms, her work is predominantly concerned with human experience in today's society and the power of framing and presenting viewpoints, both physical and intellectual.

She addresses and challenges the false ideals presented as 'facts' through the traditional art form of painting and aims to create a new standard for representing our experience of the world, encouraging us to question the information we receive regarding the experiences of others.

Included in the exhibition are works based on various spaces that Howe engages with and encounters in her own personal day to day life which she transforms through experiments in paint and colour.

The viewer is encouraged to consider their own experience of the exhibition and to share it via social media using the hash tag #yellowcake279.

Some of Emma's work has been bought by the OPW.

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