Emily Leonard is an artist from Lincolnshire, and she now lives and works London. Her work is based on energies and vibration within different environments. Everything in the universe moves and vibrates at one speed or another. Nothing rests. The majority of her work culminates from a vast number of photographs taken in derelict space, where the energy of the past remains at a high frequency. The energy felt in these spaces is often nervous, claustrophobic , uneasy. A strong comparison to those felt on an open plain for example. Emily explores ways to interpret these vibrations by layering photographs in collage as a representation of the energy levels in each environment. Geometric and free flowing, organic shapes become a strong aesthetic.
Emily uses the camera to capture the initial lines. The geometric and the non. The camera is objective. It records facts within a space. She likes to deal with the honest image it has recorded and in black and white she is left with a 2d object loaded with surface detail, forms and information. Emily believes it is an accurate and more objective way of seeing and provides a solid and detailed basis to work with.
The large scale image allows the viewer to discover shapes and patterns which can be easily over looked. We begin to read the surface. Almost as the physical feeling of texture.
Her most recent work has moved forward in that more digital manipulation is involved. Shapes are pushed and rendered. The work has become far more abstract combining elements to create a completely unique piece. Emily often uses many photographs to create one image and the changes are rarely subtle as she uses this technique as a real expression in creativity. It is her version of throwing paint onto a canvas.