Emma will have a work in NOIR darkroom’s Autumn show, opening 19th May.
Emma Ruby Armstrong-Porter
Safety in Numbers, 2017
Mixed media (sequins, poly-cotton thread, felt, imitation pearl earrings, gold coloured fringing, liquid nails, found hat)
You can touch and
explore this artwork but
please show respect
This piece is a reminder that despite how a woman chooses to look, all deserve respect and mutual consent.
The following excerpt is from a transcript of a 2005 conversation between TV host Billy Bush and now President Elect of the United States Donald Trump. They speak of “beautiful women”:
Trump: “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Bush: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything”
In response to Trump’s comments, this piece explores the idea of “beautiful women” in terms of American beauty pageants and beauty queens. The choice of synthetic fabrics and even the industrial glue used to adhere the spangled parts into a “crown” are a reference to the kinds of artificial beauty in these competitions. Some contestants use spray adhesive to stop their swimsuits riding up during competitions and wd-40 to stop their evening gowns sticking to the skin on their bums.
I believe this kind of over the top beauty obstructs diversity and inhibits positive societal change for women.
Despite a woman’s choice when it comes to clothing or their ideology of beauty, every woman deserves respect and the right to consent.
Off The Kerb is proud to reach its milestone of 10 years in the arts in Victoria by hosting a large scale charitable group exhibition entitled ‘Youth’.
Emma’s piece “Visual Biography of a Melbourne Teenager” (2016) will be one of the works exhibited in the group show, opening Friday 21 April 2017, 6-9pm.
Exhibition runs 14 – 27 April 2017 at Off The Kerb Gallery 66B Johnston Street Collingwood.
Off The Kerb will be donating the gallery commission of 25% to Red Dust
For the last two weeks Jessika K of NOIR Darkroom and Emma have had a stall at the amazing Blender Lane Artists Market, an outdoor event held on Wednesdays from 5-10 pm, located in one of Melbourne’s most diverse and vibrant street art covered lane ways.
The stall consists of hand tie dyed and printed T-shirts (using a lino printing method), zines and a large selection of analogue cameras, film and darkroom accessories. The aim is to encourage the use of film cameras to create art and photographs; “painting with light”.
Emma will be there for the final Blender market on the 25th of January, probably carving a lino plate, so come have a chat to her about art, lomo photography and life. There is also performing arts and live music acts to soak up. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and take the opportunity to view the open studios of the resident artists or see whats on exhibit at the Darkhorse Experiment Gallery.
Also head over to https://www.facebook.com/blendermarket/ to bid on one of Emma and Jess’s t-shirt collaborations in the Silent Auction. All proceeds go towards the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne.
“Killing on the Spree”, 2015, 2 Layer Lino Print on cotton rag, 37.3cmx37.5cm (framed)
The Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 Open Call Art Prize opens tonight, a group show with over 940 art works over 3 floors. Artworks have a maximum size 40x40x40cm inc frame with a brief for artists to use any medium they choose.
Emma’s entry “Killing on the Spree” is a reflection of time she spent in Berlin in 2014. A translation of a drawing she created there, an image of a dead white swan, nestled in a pile of late autumn leaves on the banks of the spree river, opposite the abandoned “Spreepark“. Its underlying narrative, read anticlockwise from the top left, is a story of decay and rebirth, the ruby being a symbol of the vibrance of the spirit of things past.
Her work is on display until late January (note: BSG is closed over the Christmas period).
CLICK HERE to see the youtube video of the Swanston Street Series Interactive Performance Piece conducted at the 26th annual Meredith Music Festival (2016).
The opening night for Sh(km)art on the 10th of December showed an array of Melbourne talent in a conceptually curated show, by gallery owner Sarah Hayes.
Described as “Shit art that is not really art that is originally from Kmart”, the exhibition gave artists the chance to manipulate and recreate objects sourced from Kmart into art pieces. These pieces, after opening night, will then be returned to Kmart stores where people connected to the gallery’s social media account can collect them in a first-in-best-dressed fashion.
Artists exhibiting in the show include Displeasing Designs, Gigi, Jessika K, and Emma. Her piece (untitled, 2016) was an altered triangular hanging shelf including lino-printed “tattoo flash”, which were studies for the Swanston Street Series.
To be involved go to A Gallery in Preston’s instagram account to find out where to collect the art pieces.
Above photo by Anomaly Photography
At the 26th annual Meredith Music Festival Emma held the inaugural Swanston Street Series Interactive Performance. This was an unofficial performance, where festival goers could interact with Emma’s 2D work on a different platform.
The Swanston Street Series is an ongoing project, which began in 2015 as a series of paintings created during a series of stays in Geelong’s Swanston Center (accute psychiatric facility). An exploration of emotions embedded in the tattooed skin of the institutionalized.
The paintings (and sketches) have been translated and developed into a collection of lino prints to be exhibited in 2017.
Some of the designs have been printed as “temporary tattoos” which were applied in an interactive performance piece by the artist.
For more info checkout the current projects page on this website.
Above photos by Jessika K, 2016