Artist Samantha Louise Emery creates large scale multimedia portraits of influential female trailblazers, the modern female icons of our generation inspiring others through their actions.
Through her work, Emery looks to bring awareness to the depth of the Feminine Spirit and the positive effects of female solidarity, celebrating wonderful women including activists, filmmakers and journalists who, through their work, inspire other women to rise to their highest potential. Her IKONA | Mirrored Interior series celebrates these themes.
We're proud to have Samantha as ViewZine’s first ever Digital Resident here at viewzine.co.uk. You can see a list of Samantha’s available works in the IKONA series here . Find out more about the artist in this exclusive interview.
Samantha, tell us why you first wanted to pursue a career in art
In many ways art chose me. I originally planned to pursue theatre but life circumstances steered me towards art. It comes naturally. It can evolve indefinitely.
Who or what were your easiest inspirations?
I find ancient designs and the natural environment my easiest inspirations.
Which body of work have you been most proud of?
I am proud of all my works for their various stages however my latest series IKONA / Mirrored Interior is the most rewarding.
What can you tell us about the IKONA | Mirrored Interior series?
The IKONA / Mirrored Interior series looks to bring awareness to the depth of the Feminine Spirit and the positive effects of Female Solidarity. It consists of ten multi media portraits of inspirational Women living today, from the pioneer artist Laurie Anderson, performing artist Angelique Kidjo, to the Anatolian vegetable seller Sadiye, Conservationist Jane Goodall, outspoken feminist Germaine Greer, documentary film director and activist Alanis Obomsawin, feminist comedian Caitlin Moran, Nobel Peace Prize author and activist Malala Yousafzai, jewellery designer Krystyne Griffin and a self portrait Lucy. Through my multi media approach, I aim to highlight their unique voices, purposes, human vulnerabilities, spiritual colours and expressions.
Who, in your own mind, have been the most trailblazing female artists?
There have been so many. Two from the past, Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo. Two in the present, Katrin Fridriks and Jo Baer.
What would be your dream project?
I am creating it! However, I envision collaborating on a large scale project.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2019?
I am currently gathering information and meeting the women who will be part of my next series of portraits IKONA / Wise Women. The Wise Women series will celebrate inspirational women from around the world who are making a difference. I also have a couple of opportunities on the burner involving musically collaborating with other artists, which will creatively correlate with my next series.