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Sirens
Exhibition

Sirens

Rosie Emerson

May 2, 2014 – Jun 8, 2014

Sirens will showcase a stunning new body of work, which experimentally combines print, photography, collage and film to portray Emerson’s mysterious goddesses as ethereal yet beautiful creatures. Like Sirens, these femme fatales lure in the viewer, provoking questions and inviting you into their mythological world.

Rosie’s inspiration for the new collection derived from the historic technique of cyanotype printing, developed in the early 19th Century and used by engineers to reproduce notes and diagrams known as blue prints. Influenced by botanist Anna Atkins who brought this technique into photography, Rosie has adapted the cyanotype technique and given it a modern spin. The artist combines collage elements and found botanical objects with life size negatives to manipulate the female form and revise our perceptions of the contemporary model.

In the downstairs bunker, Hang-Up will be hosting an exclusive screening of White Knight, Rosie’s enticing new film shot on a Super 8 camera.

Artist

Rosie Emerson

Transporting the viewer into dreams, Emerson’s ethereal prints focus on the female form, drawing on influences from ancient mythology and the contemporary fashion scene to create compelling imaginary worlds. Using hand-made costumes, sets and props, as well as dramatic lighting and unusual techniques such as cyanotype photography (which harnesses sunlight to expose images straight onto paper), Emerson elevates her subjects to Goddess-like status and her settings to the realms of fantasy. Career highlights include a stint as an artist in residence at London’s Somerset House.

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