Meet the artist – Emma Veares
Emma Veares portrait

Meet the artist – Emma Veares

Foundation Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, 2014

Emma is a practicing Fine Artist and regularly exhibits in London and Cambridge. She creates framed silk chiffon photographic prints, which are suspended over identical photographic prints on paper. The effect is 3D and almost holographic.

Emma is interested in light and its limits, and the extent to which it can be brought into a space using a still image. She captures transient moments and tries to recreate some of the elusive qualities that are sometimes lost through standard photography. Her work aims to convey the movement that happens during a moment of time in a still image.

What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?

Times Three originated from a photograph taken during my Undergraduate Degree at the University of Cambridge. I worked with the source material in an attempt to capture something of what that period of my life looked and felt like. It’s a still image, but I want it to move, change and feel alive.

Emma Veares photograph

How did you make the pieces in not just a shop?

This series is made using two copies of a single image. The first copy – a paper print – is mounted onto a backing board, around which I construct a two- or three-inch deep wooden frame. The second copy – a polyester-voile print – is then stretched over the top. Finally, the black frame is glued round the edge to secure the fabric and keep the structure in place. The effect should be almost holographic.

Who has influenced your work the most?

Sinta Werner and Peter Doig

What do you want viewers to take away from your work?

Whatever they want to. I hope it’s in some way atmospheric or evocative, but I’d like whatever it evokes to belong to whoever looks at it. It comes from a moment in my life, but I don’t think it belongs to me anymore.

What three things are essential to your practice?

Technology. Daylight. A busy mind.

Emma Veares photograph

What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?

‘The Shape of Light’ – Tate Modern

How does it feel to have your work displayed in not just a shop?

It’s very exciting. I’m humbled to know that people think it’s worth seeing.

 Great to hear from you Emma!

Come and have a closer look at Emma’s work at not just a shop – 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY

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