There’s often an elephant in the room when it comes to the art world. It’s usually tucked away quietly - somewhere between the layers of colour and a subtle label on show nearby with a price in small font.
The elephant sits there, almost whispering to you that perhaps, maybe, if you like it just enough, you might buy this work.
Hinterland painter Emma Nancarrow is no stranger to this elephant. But in her upcoming exhibition, ‘The Interior Series’ at Cooroy’s Butter Factory Arts Centre, Emma brings that elephant out into the light with paintings she’s created specifically for other people’s spaces.
“From a design point of view, often times my paintings can be the piece that starts a room or finishes it – the final touch,” Emma said from her Tinbeerwah studio.
Painting for Emma is very much a shared experience. The self-confessed ‘interior design nerd’ is passionate about the influence a painting can have on a room, house, life ...
Her most recent work is a series of aerial abstracts of Sunshine Coast landmarks. Reinforcing her communal approach to art making, Emma said it’s the shared memories these landscapes provoke that have been most intriguing ...
“The landscape I’ve done of Noosa is from an image I found that was taken in the 1960s. So you can look at it and see what has and hasn’t been developed yet, and how it’s changed since.
“It’s been interesting to see those things that I identify with and you can actually remember things – it’s very much an experience I can share with a lot of people.”
This shared experience invites people into her work, and on discussing that elephant, Emma says every sale she attracts is exciting and encouraging.
“I love the thrill of it, each sale is special because when I do a piece, they’re all original works; they’re all new ideas I’ve been inspired to explore and bring out on a canvas ... so just the fact someone loves what I’m doing enough to hang it in their home or office, and it presumably makes them happy, that’s perfect for me!”
‘The Interior Series’ is on show at Cooroy’s Butter Factory Arts Centre from January 17 to February 26. All welcome to the Official opening Friday January 18, from 6pm – 8pm. Free entry.