The LAB is delighted to present this exhibition of new and recent work by Armagh-based artist, Emma Donaldson. Emma’s objects, as she calls them, rather than sculptures, are the result of explorations of memories and experiences of the past through materials available around her, the ‘stuff of now’; domestic material, stained cotton, painted papier-mâché and gloss paint. These objects appear human in scale, inviting close conversation. Closeness creates an unease however, owing to the vulnerability of these swelling forms, standing upright on their delicate armatures. Emma’s work invites you take time to connect with the artist’s objects as constructions that mediate between her inner world and the physical world around us.
Emma Donaldson (born, Belfast, lives in Armagh) studied Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, Royal College of Art, Graduate School of The University of Houston and Histories and Theories at the Architectural Association in London. Her mixed media practice incorporates drawing, writing presented visually, The Light Project and more recently object making. She has exhibited in the US, UAE, Europe and UK; recent exhibitions have included trouble = progress at MCAC, 2013 Portadown, Futures ’13, RHA, 2013, Dublin and The Past is Unpredictable at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio’s, 2014, Banbridge and a major solo show at the University of Hertforshire Galleries, UK, 2014.