Emma Johnson is an artist living and working in Suffolk, UK. She attended The Slade School of Fine Art in London, the Reading University and Jacob Kramer College of Art in Leeds.
Throw the years she experimented lots of different ways of using a map: cutting, reassembling the original layers into reconstituted and complex new objects. A series of maps and atlases have been dissected, revealing a radically altered visual and physical structure. She modify this media to create two-dimensional or three-dimensional composition. Her 2D works usually seem like a spiderweb, in which cut roads overlap. This web are often alternate with flat surfaces like oceans, seas and rivers increasing composition’s refinement and balance. Otherwise she can surprise hiding letters and silhouettes in the pattern of the cities’ district surprising the beholder. She uses lots of different techniques as obsessive collection, categorisation, fragmentation, and juxtaposition of objects, images and text. She wants to explore recurring themes of identity, duality, alienation and contradiction within the human condition.
The meanings of Emma Johnson’s amazing artworks
Johnson reconstructs maps into artworks, cutting paths and layers into each piece, obsessively transforming the original into something reconstituted, new and complex. As functional objects, they are rendered virtually unreadable, but symbolically they suggest a journey (both geographical and artistic) and a continued attempt to communicate and pin down the streams of information and thought that characterise our lives.