Emily Blackmore | Sculpture and the Human Condition



Golgotha | Emily Blackmore

Golgotha | Emily Blackmore

Emily Blackmore

For me, art is a way to communicate without words.

As an artist, Emily Blackmore explores why people do what they do, visually representing the complexities of the human condition in mixed media and sculpture. Her practice is characterized by mixed media and a celebration of diversity.

Her continuous line series highlights the paradox of our shared humanity and our unrepeatable singularity. We all have basic needs; however, the way we experience life, the choices we make, and our personalities make us unique. The series began with abstract mixed media painting and progressed to include continuous line portraits, 3D relief paintings, and wire sculpture.

Emily’s sculptures are abstract forms inspired by nature. She likes to combine non-traditional materials and often plays with the meaning of a piece by using humble and precious elements side-by-side.

In the beginning series | Emily Blackmore

In the beginning series | Emily Blackmore

In her most recent exhibition entitled “From Beginning to End”, Emily showed:
-Golgotha, plaster, wood, and paper installation, 3.6m x 2m x 2m, 2017
-In the Beginning (series of 3), plaster, sand, and gold leaf, 45cm x 35cm x 60cm, 2017
-Man, mixed media on paper, 120cm x 150cm, 2017

She elaborated on her curation with this story:
“From the spark of creation, humanity was meant to walk with God. Darkness entered the world and for a time that close relationship was lost. But, the Creator had a plan to ransom humankind from the darkness. On a hill called Golgotha, he sacrificed his most precious treasure. No cost too high to walk again with his beloved creation.

With this narrative in mind, I created a three part exhibition. Golgotha, the sculpture installation at the center of the gallery, connects the triptych In the Beginning and the abstract portrait Man on opposite ends of the space. Entitled after the hill where Christ was crucified, the mountaintop symbolizes a meeting point between humanity and divinity. While standing at the right and left ends of the gallery, you can glimpse conversely the spark and pinnacle of creation. Through the peaks of Golgotha, you can see the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.”

Golgotha (man detail) | Emily Blackmore

Golgotha (man detail) | Emily Blackmore

The Golgotha installation has now become part of the permanent collection of the University of East London.

Bio:
Emily Blackmore was born in Texas in 1987. She moved to London in 2016 to study at the University of East London’s MA Fine Art course. Emily has a BA in Communication from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an MLS in Global Studies from Southern Methodist University. Both have informed her work with a sensitivity to message and a conceptual awareness of the human condition.

In 2016, Emily began Sirimiri Artistry, her personal studio. Sirimiri (meaning light rain) embodies the life giving voice that Emily tries to bring to various cultural and social issues.

Her work has been featured in a number of European exhibitions including: “Stimulus” at Greenhouse Berlin, Germany and Athens, Greece; “100% Abstract” by Le Dame Gallery, London; and “51% Remember Her” by Elements Gallery, London. In 2017, she completed artist residencies at Jiwar Creation Society in Barcelona and Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. She was awarded Honorable Mention for an exhibition by International Gallery of the Arts and Second Runner-Up for Lovelys Gallery’s “2017 Open Exhibition” in Margate, UK.

Learn more about Emily Blackmore: emilyblackmore.com


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