Had some brilliant news! WordPower: Language as Medium has been published and is available to purchase online via the publishers Library X or Amazon. This two-part publication explores works by a selection of 100 contemporary artists who implement the direct use of language and the written word in their processes (myself included).
The book reflects on the shift from the representative to simplified modes of visual communication and the practices featured range from the socially engaged, participatory approaches to the sculptural, conceptual, performative and new media formats.
Really honoured to have been featured in Vicky Smith’s Manchester Confidential article “10 more Manchester artists you need to know about“. She writes:
” If you can say one thing about Emma Lloyd, it’s that she has patience. While the Kent native/adoptive Mancunian works in other materials, it’s perhaps her exquisite paperwork sculptures that she’s best known for. Pages are transformed into ammonites, cell structures and even people under the blade of her scalpel – making tangible the idea of books as otherworldly portals.”
My work appears alongside that of Kate Kelly, Tim Garner, Baiba Auria, Chris Cyprus, Andrew Brooks, Hilary Jack, Len Grant, Gina Kirby and Akinyemi Oludele.
Only about a month to go before my second time at Threshold Festival… this time I will be performing with Reid Anderson as part of Operation Lightfoot‘s launch event Infinity Squared (produced by Emilio Pinchi and directed by Luke Moore).
This year Threshold is part of the BBC Radio 6music Festival fringe. The opening performance will begin at 6.30pm at brand new venue Best Before in the Baltic Triangle. As well as my response to the theme of infinity, you can view performances from Dorothy Bird, Sara Wolff, Niki Kand, Emilio Pinchi, Kaya from Silence of the Lamps, theatrical performances from Deborah Elizabeth, dance from Aline Costa and video art from Jazamin Sinclair.
Thoroughly enjoyed guiding the public through my solo show “Beyond the Linear” with the brilliant art historian Sara Riccardi of Art Across the other evening. It was wonderful to see everyone engaging with my practice and making connections between the variety of processes I use.
For this event, Sara and I decided to approach the talk in a slightly unusual way. The audience were called upon to determine points of focus through vigorous discussion. This informed the path we took around the exhibition and as a result the talk could have taken several different routes; it all depended on the audience’s perceptions of the work on display. This format was conceived by observing my practice as a whole; responding to my processes, identifying interwoven concepts and exploring my working methods.
Thank you very much to Sara for her fascinating historical insights and Steven Heaton for documenting the event (all photos appear courtesy of him).
Really lovely to see my show featured in Manchester Confidential’s “Things to do in February” article. They write:
“Emma Lloyd is best known for transforming familiar objects – particularly books – into breathtaking paper sculptures, but this exhibition sees the talented local artist explore printmaking and other mediums besides with her trademark intricacy. We suggest making an afternoon of it and exploring the gorgeous Salford Museum and Peel Park while you’re there.”
Many thanks for the feature Manchester Confidential!
Not long until the talk for my solo show (due to take place at Salford Museum and Art Gallery on the 20th February, 6.30-7.45pm to coincide with my show “Beyond the Linear”). This will be a talk with a difference!
Developed in collaboration with Sara Riccardi of Art Across, prepare yourself for a guided, interactive experience lead entirely by your engagement with the works on display. We look forward to welcoming you there!
A huge thank you goes out to Brian Wild of Bees Blogs for featuring my new solo show “Beyond the Linear” in his blog. He writes:
“Emma Lloyd is a Manchester based contemporary artist working mainly in text. Emma has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in ‘Art of the Book’ and ‘Summer Salon’ at Seager Gray Gallery in California , ‘The World of Paper Products’ Hanok Village, Jeonju South Korea which featured art in paper from a global list of artists, as well as Belgium and South Africa.
I first came across Emma’s work at Saul Hay Gallery’s exhibition ‘Material Matters‘ in August 2017 and was astounded by the intricacy and attention to detail which formed her work. Her pieces are beautifully constructed textual sculptural artworks, which grabbed the attention of, and delighted, visitors to the exhibition.
For this latest exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery will again be exploring language, visual puzzles and cognitive properties. I’m looking forward to seeing this latest offering from Emma and would recommend you put a date in your diary.”
The time is almost upon us! I will be hosting a private view for my solo show “Beyond the Linear” on 12th December (from 5:30pm until 7:45pm). The event is free to attend and will include a unique musical intervention from live musicians as well as a sound collaboration with Luke Hodgkinson. All are welcome to attend and tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Hope to see you there!
As beings we take comfort from structure and the organisation of ideas. Nowhere is this more evident than in our methods of communication.
Text is the visualisation of language; the simplification of meaning. Superficially ordered to the eye, complexities manifest once we begin to process. What is the context? What is its intention?
“Beyond the Linear” exposes subtleties in our exchanges and probes the nature of communication itself. Exploring the cognitive properties of sight through a series of visual puzzles; Lloyd identifies the shift between looking and reading. Content and form merge to complicate and acknowledge language’s accessibility.
The diverse range of media on offer invites the viewer to explore the connotations of materials and their ability to shape narrative. Lloyd believes matter to be integral to artistic process since it has the capacity to connect with prior experiences. Such triggers are considered when she examines the impact of the contemporary digital landscape and its effect on us as tactile beings.
In an age of marked polarisation and renewed discourse regarding the nature of content and dialogue’s authenticity, Lloyd believes it crucial to investigate the fundamentals of communication. Through this we gain a deeper, more critical insight into how our understanding is shaped and disseminated.
I am thrilled to announce that my work will be included in an upcoming title from Library X “WordPower: Language as Medium” (edited by Sarah Peace). The book will include pieces from established, mid career and emerging artists whose artistic practices and projects are realised primarily with text. It is due to be released late 2018.
Not long until “Beyond the Linear” at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (running from Saturday, 8th December 2018 to Sunday, 28th April 2019). Lots of exciting things planned for my first big solo… I can’t wait to bring it all together! For more information please watch this space, connect with me on social media or visit their site.