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.

Emma Johnson "Dislocated Pocket Atlas: British Isles II", 2012

Emma Johnson “Dislocated Pocket Atlas: British Isles II”, 2012

The meanings of Emma Johnson’s amazing artworks
Dealing with issues of deconstruction and transformation, the recycling of materials and the ambiguity of communication, as well as the obsessive repetitive actions used in the making of the work. Her works speak also about the places there represented in the maps.
Maps are a scientific object, where everyone can find direction, places, cities precisely signed. At the same time all the places become the same: seen from top-down you can’t live the spot itself, but only situate it in the space. Emma Johnson try instead to represent an interesting place not only by its featureless map, but hiding in it some characteristic of the location itself.
Emma Johnson explores the fragmented, multifaceted nature of memory, time and history. Her works are characterised by an almost compulsive use of collection, categorisation, deconstruction and the juxtaposition of objects, images and text.

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.

Emma Johnson, "How to see London", 2011

Emma Johnson, “How to see London”, 2011

Emma Johnson, "Brooklyn1", 2017

Emma Johnson, “Brooklyn1”, 2017

Emma Johnson, Greenwich, 2012

Emma Johnson, “Greenwich”, 2012

Emma Johnson "VENICE: The Lido and the Islands of the Lagoon", 2014

Emma Johnson “VENICE: The Lido and the Islands of the Lagoon”, 2014