Emma captures the savage and sublime

Emma watching the elephants bathing in Kerela  - examples of her work inspired by her special journey to India last year are currently on view at The Meffan, Forfar.

Emma watching the elephants bathing in Kerela - examples of her work inspired by her special journey to India last year are currently on view at The Meffan, Forfar.

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THE latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is by Glasgow-based artist Emma Waine.

Reflections of India is a collection of new paintings inspired by a special journey to India in 2010 using the Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, which was presented to Emma by the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSA).

She travelled around South India and spent time at an orphanage in Kanchipuram.

Emma said: “I experienced the sublime and the savage and felt the agony and the ecstasy of such an incredible country, at times so diverse from my own.

“Visually I was struck by the astonishing colours, architecture, textures and patterns. I also encountered wonderful warmth from the people and often felt extreme emotions when witnessing this against the backdrop of acute poverty.”

When Emma experiences a new environment she records shape, form, pattern and the emotions experienced. Back in the studio she builds these up into deeply layered and complex scenes, resulting in a ‘visual map’ of her encounters.

She often uses collage, layering a variety of different papers (many of which are found on her journeys) with media such as acrylic, gouache, ink, oil pastel and oil paint. She then scrapes into the picture surface revealing hints of what went before.

The work in this exhibition shows a fluctuation between the real and the abstract.

Emma, who was won several prestigious awards, studied Fine Art Painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. The exhibition runs until Saturday, November 12.