#83 Camilla Emson

Henry Martin: If you could meet one other artist who would it be (living or dead)?

Camilla Emson: The answer to this question changes daily but right now Lygia Clark or Francesca Woodman.

Henry Martin: What is the greatest challenge you face as an artist?

Camilla Emson: “Doing the work.”  Remaining loyal to my sometimes painful practice and not abandoning ship for some short-lived delight.

Henry Martin: How do you work?

Camilla Emson: I’ll usually get triggered by something that stirs a new way of thinking – then I get obsessed and start stretching around the subject i.e in art, in books or just walking around or by overhearing conversations or a direct message. Each time it deepens whatever triggered a shift in my perspective. I then start moving, drawing and playing with materials in the studio.

Henry Martin: What does the word gender mean to you within your practice?

Camilla Emson: I haven’t thought about it much until recently becoming quite curious by transgender. My recent work with women survivors of domestic abuse has also triggered thoughts about female suffering past/present and future. I care that all people have the freedom to be and explore who they are without limitation and prejudice. It bothers me that anyone has to conform to gender norms. In many ways, in my work, I try to escape conformity and investigate how to return to a more embodied, fluid and integrated experience .

Henry Martin: Who do you admire, and why?

Camilla Emson: So many! All my family and friends. Anyone who risks speaking out against the norm, endures being disliked or becoming the scapegoat and breaks the mold with the intention to steer towards greater consciousness.

Henry Martin: What is art?

Art is a tool to awaken greater consciousness.

Henry Martin: What is inspiration? How do you find it?

Camilla Emson: When you notice you are in an expansion and you feel lifted by infinite potential…

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Title: Mapping: Shifting combinations of a nature that tells its own stories. Date:2017. Format/Materials: Linen, cotton, ink, bleach. Dimensions:54 x 76 inches. Picture Credit: Deniz Guzel

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