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Emma Fineman


Artist Statement

In my work I examine the possibilities of figurative painting to both extend and compress descriptive time. I seek to highlight this task by allowing my narration to layer and slip, depicting the dense compression of time in contemporary culture. I am particularly interested in the tempo and speed of our present moment and the effects this enacts on memory and perspective. I feel my generation experiences space and time as both past and present–at once near and then rendered in the digital to feel simultaneously removed and far.

In our moment, we are inundated with visual information that renders our ability to understand and process experience, as well as our sense of time and perspective, haphazard if not indeed skewed. My paintings begin here and assert the idea of looking at and through such a fractured pictorial space. I then begin to question how figural information might exist within this frame. My research manifests itself in a series of gestural marks that sit somewhere between drawing and painting; between the quick note-to-self one makes in order to jot down an idea, and the more prolonged meditation on the parts of daily life that, for some unknowable reason, affix themselves to the back of one’s mind and kick about with an unnerving permanence. This, a mix of the personal and the shared, or collective provides an experiential basis and context for my paintings.

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Artist Biography

Emma Fineman (b. 1991, Berkeley, California), lives and works in London, UK. In 2018 she graduated with distinction as an MA In Painting from Royal College of Art, London, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Solo exhibitions include: ‘May I Have Your Attention Please?’,BEERS London; London, UK (2019); ‘REALMS OF THE [UN]REAL’, PUBLIC Gallery; London, UK (2019) ‘Fin_Bow’, Eleven Spitalfelds Gallery, London, UK (2017); ‘O.S 1’. The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2016). Selected group exhibitions include ‘John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2018); ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’. South London Gallery, London, UK (2018); ‘SURGE’, East Wing Biennial 13, Courtauld Institute, London, UK (2018); RBA Rising Stars’. Framers Gallery, London, UK (2018); and FBA Futures, Federation of British Artists; London, UK (2019) Fineman’s works have been selected for several prestigious awards including the Presidential Fellowship Grant; Anderson Ranch Arts Center; Aspen, CO
 (2013), as well as the Harley Open Judges Prize; Welbeck Estates, Harley Museum and Foundation; Nottingham, UK (2017), and most recently the London Bronze Editions Prize; London Bronze Casting; London, UK (2020). She has been granted residencies at the Vermont Studio Center; Johnson, VT
 (2013), Palazzo Monti Residency; Brescia, Italy (2019), and The Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, U.K (2020) among others. Fineman has been included in publications such as Juxtapoz, Medium, Artforum, Hyperallergic, ArtMaze, and New American Paintings.



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