Emma Lloyd Artist Bio
When the civilized world is contemplated, it seems almost inconceivable without paper. Since its invention, paper has enjoyed a unique and lasting place in our cultural development. As a medium, it is probably the most versatile and adaptable of materials, having been used to record and convey information whether in the form of text or visuals.
Despite being a global tradition that crosses many boundaries in relation to religion and culture, the process of cutting paper, its humble origins and anonymity of its practice have caused it to be an art form that is largely and unfairly dismissed. Due to this attitude, I have been drawn to the process for my own creative expression. In a sense, it could be argued that I wish to accept the challenges that the viewer’s perception of the medium might present.
Through the use of specific texts, I raise questions about our understanding of knowledge and facts. Images are imposed upon the surface text, slicing through and obliterating it, making it impossible for the viewer to decipher what is written. One might argue that through my process I am commenting on the omnipresent gap between words and seeing (or first-hand experience). I also explore the assumptions we make about our choice of words – we often expect that they will be understood and applied to things in the same way that we have understood and applied them.
What I present is a cycle of order, disorder and re-ordering; a visual evolution. The pieces can no longer function as books despite being complete; most opening and closing as they once did. The knowledge that was contained has been transformed and appears no longer relevant – in many respects it is not. Knowledge built the piece, supported its structure, but it is unable speak, no longer able to make sense or explain. Factual terms are gone, clearing the way for other interpretations. Instead of being told exactly what to think, the viewer is able to apply their own beliefs and concepts. This is an area of great interest to me since I am fascinated by the means we use to interpret information, whether it is visual, written or oral.