Emma Walker
Intimate Immensity
7–30 May 2015

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‘Intimate Immensity’ launches Walker’s investigation into the patterns and rhythms that recur in nature and, in the artist’s own words, ‘the tiny and ever-expanding universes that we hold within ourselves.’ From cellular structures to clouds, microorganisms to nebulae, the paintings simultaneously evoke the micro and the macro in a way that is given form by the viewer’s imagination. Informed by the phenomenological ideas of French philosopher Gaston Bachelard – who coined the oxymoronic concept of ‘intimate immensity’ – Walker explores worlds within and without, looking at how our innermost selves are inconceivably interwoven with the vast universe. Painted on timber, her abstracted imagery emerges from a combination of experimentation and intent. Layering, sanding, digging, grinding, glazing, dripping and scratching, the artist creates a melange of surfaces that cause the eye to travel and meander, catching glimpses of familiar patterns while at the same time travelling across unfamiliar visual terrain.


Emma Walker
Intimate Immensity
7–30 May 2015
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