Wimbledon College of Arts
Embury is heavily invested in the process of her painting. She researches and experiments with Old Master painting techniques and practices. This includes underdrawings, underpaintings, overpainting and playing with transparent and opaque paints. Engaging with historic technical processes is important to Embury who sees a need to keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Portrait of Olivia is inspired by Edouard Manet’s The Bar at Folies-Bergere (1882). Like Manet’s work, the portrait explores the relationship between the sitter and their reflection. For Embury, her interplay between figurative representation and reflection considers a transition between childhood and adulthood and the discomfort of growth.
Portrait of Olivia
MDF board, rabbit skin glue, alkyd and oil paint
135 x 90 cm
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