Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

THERE is an un­nerv­ing qual­ity to Emma Mar­getts’ lat­est col­lec­tion of work.

The Fre­man­tle artist has dropped chil­dren and an­i­mals into a se­ries of dream-like land­scapes stylised in the form of late 19th cen­tury por­trait-style pho­to­graphic im­ages for her new ex­hi­bi­tion, Sav­age Gar­den.

Mar­getts said her paint­ings ex­plored hu­man­ity’s sep­a­ra­tion from and su­pe­ri­or­ity over na­ture by po­si­tion­ing chil­dren in a “ques­tion­ably im­pe­ri­al­ist” re­la­tion­ship to their an­i­mal coun­ter­parts.

“I loved the pho­netic jux­ta­po­si­tion of the two words ‘Sav­age’ and ‘Gar­den’ – with the vi­o­lence of sav­age and the tran­quil­lity of gar­den I thought it sum­marised some­thing poignant about the bru­tal­ity and beauty of the world and hu­man­ity,” she said.

It is a dou­ble op­por­tu­nity for the artist, who will use the ex­hi­bi­tion both as a means of get­ting more of her work out into the lo­cal arts scene and as a fundraiser for An­i­mals Aus­tralia.

“As art mak­ing can some­times be a slightly ego­tis­ti­cal en­deav­our, I find adding an al­tru­is­tic or hu­man­i­tar­ian pur­pose to my art mak­ing helps give it mean­ing and pur­pose to me,” she said.

“I choose An­i­mals Aus­tralia be­cause there are a lot of an­i­mal paint­ings in this show as well as paint­ings that deal with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals, which is sort of a metaphor for hu­man­i­ties re­la­tion­ship to the planet.”

Sav­age Gar­den is at the Moores Build­ing Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery from Novem­ber 11 to 25. OUT AND ABOUT IN YOUR SUB­URB KNOW­ING IS JUST A TOUCH AWAY

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475213

Fre­man­tle artist Emma Mar­getts with the piece Ghost Dog II from her up­com­ing show, The Sav­age Gar­den.

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