"My contemporary painting practice revolves around the theme of introspection.
I'm reacting to a drive of expressing certain states of mind and clarify feelings.
My current practice serves as a medium of discovery in terms of what I may currently be going through on a subconscious level. I feel it's a way of communicating with myself, as well as sharing my experiences with the world."
- Emanuel C. (Interview 03/2015)
Emanuel is a Toronto based artist working in a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, textile, murals, and installation. She has been practicing art for fifteen years, she won third place in an international painting competition at eleven years old, and has recently won the Willowdale Painting Excellence Award and self-directed residency in 2015, and has had many international exhibitions, including Canada, U.K., France, Romania and U.S.. She was also one of the artists that worked on the longest painted canvas (3,464.1 meters) established by Guinness book of world records in 2006. Her current work has been featured in the coming movie “Opening Night”(2012), published in Art Out magazine(2011). Her most recent series explores the process of physical/psychological healing, memory and how the body adapts to the environment. Numerous of her public art commissions can be found across the GTA. However, her main focus remains personal expression, introspection and giving form to her inner world through different mediums.
By combining the classical beauty, philosophy and artistic technique acquired in my years of study in Europe, and the contemporary conceptual/emotional perspective of artistic knowledge acquired in the West, I have achieved a negotiated unity of two different worlds. Within my practice I incorporate many different art historical landmarks of style that inspire and guide me to new possibilities, I make use of elements from the rich past and diverse present in order to envision a possible artistic future. Pushing the artistic envelope further, while having a strong foundation in the past is the only way to launch new successful artistic concept. I am strongly influenced by the materiality and the effect of the medium, and how it can inform the viewer. I'm influenced by Abstract Expressionists like, Jules Olitski, Jack Bush and Helen Frankenthaler, as well as the Contructivist and Surrealist Automatist movements. I have a diverse creative drive that pushes me to try new ways of expressing myself. I am interested in the process of teaching, sharing and learning art as a way to constantly evolve and as an artist, energize artistic pursuits, and help individuals connect with art on a deeper level.
My current series, titled Exoskeleton, is the first step towards a new body of work that explores the concept of healing and strength. It talks about the skin’s adaptive nature as it builds a hard protective layer when dealing with a physical or psychological injury. It maps the process of recovery as the body reacts to trauma, and the way it can become stronger as a result. Some artists in the past perceived art as a way of exorcising inner tumult, and sharing part of it with the viewer in order to make a statement. The pieces are essentially stylized skin grafts, that strive to convey through colour, texture, and dramatic contrast, a sense of personal tension and transformation. Most of them have an eye-tricking effect that is meant to create mystery and provoke inquiry.
Exoskeleton Series Artist Statement:
Exoskeleton is a series that explores a diagram of healing, it talks about the human body’s ability to contract, gather strength, protect itself with a hard shell when damaged, repair and transform. The series takes the viewer through a collection of stylized and abstracted skin grafts loosely pinned to the walls, that evoke an eerie sense of personal history and a scientific exploration as we take those wounds and analyse our damaged past that made us who we are today. Its a visual representation of fascination with the ability to transform after an impactful event, whether that is physical or psychological and let that be a catalyst towards a new beginning.
Exoskeleton Mosaic Installation:
The proposed installation is going to be a mosaic of the exoskeleton series pieces (they are treated with a coat that allows for outdoor and indoor installation) mounted on the wall, wrapping around any corners in order to create a new impact of for the viewer. The goal of the new installation is to symbolise the community's diverse life experiences/background coming together to form a unified and front making an impact on their neighbourhood while keeping their individuality.
2015 – The Willowdale Painting Excellence Award
2007 – Painting Composition Award at the National Art Contest “From Real to Surreal”, (Bucharest,Ro)
2006 - Guinness World Records Award “Longest painting” (3.5km)
2001 - 3rd place Award / Exhibition at Apanova International Painting competition (Bucharest, Ro)