about the art
My practice is an exploration of printmaking, photography, and painting. My work explores processes and experimentation which includes merging techniques. Using landscape and the urban environment as a point of research and as a source for my work, I create a focal point to encourage the viewer to change how they see the world around them.
My style of print evolved from collage and deconstruction of imagery, rebuilding compositions to highlight my encounters with the landscape. My work is developed on documented material and imagery and has continued to become more obscure with foliage motifs and textures consuming the canvas in a repetitive nature.
Themes of our environment are reoccurring. I want to invoke questions of the relationship between man-made and the natural environment, inviting the viewer to question the loss of our environment. Manipulation of the landscape to reflect the effect that we as individuals have on nature and how our past neglect and choices to ignore has influenced our present environmental crisis. Not only have we impacted our environment but how our environment has impacted our mental wellbeing. Colour is essential within my work as it depicts how we feel when we are engrossed in the landscape. I believe landscape and interactions with nature and adventure are integral to our mental health. I use bold alerting colors to encourage viewers to rethink how we see the world around them. We as individuals need to pay attention to the minute and distinct parts that make up what we may overlook as a cohesive environment.
about the artist
Emma O’Hara is a Wexford-born artist based in Cork City, Ireland. She graduated with a BA majoring in Printmaking in Contemporary Practice from the Limerick School of Art and Design (2016). O’Hara was awarded the Cork Printmakers 12-month Bursary (2016) where she has continued to hone & expand her visual practice. She has exhibited in numerous National and International exhibition. Her most recent was a group exhibition ‘‘Memory Edits’’ which took place in the Sternview Gallery, Cork.