Emilia Pozzuto Solo Exhibition
"Nature is the greatest equaliser amongst us; my paintings endeavour to strike the right balance between reality, illusion and knowledge. Seeking equilibrium in both my art practice techniques and also within my subject matter. Importantly, to simply appreciate the beauty of our Australian backyard.
I adopt two style techniques; one being the use of controlled deliberate brush strokes creating more realistic still life compositions. I hope to draw the viewer to feel a spatial balance and see a tamper of subtle light invoking movement. And in stark contrast, I also use a loose brush stroke hoping to recreate the beautiful, strong powerful nature of tree trunks. In doing so, I try to play with conventional perspective, by manipulating texture and light to reinterpret the boldness and strength of the Australian Eucalyptus. The sweeping movement of the wrap around bark, the bouncing light to present a unique angle, the discards and growth which nature presents – a muse which offers endless creative language – this is what excites me. Similarly, as it is to portraiture, by painting trees and their offerings, is in fact trying to align a personality, their gaze, a past – retelling of a story or a memory.
In a world where we crave connectivity through social media, it in fact disconnects us through division, exclusion and bias. Nature is our recourse, our equaliser; we don’t seek approval or validity but harmony. Where we can in fact find our equilibrium."