Aberdeen Meets the Alps | Emily Moore’s Alpine Paintings on Panel
Did you always want to be an artist?
What would be your advice to those wishing to become an artist?
What inspired your unique, bold and graphic style? How did this style develop?
I spent the second semester of my third year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design as part of the International Exchange Programme. Whilst there I enrolled in a screen printing course which had a huge impact on my practice. In fourth year I experimented with screen printing onto canvas and since then have developed my own process, using masking tape and a scalpel to create layered, tonal images.
I often use an overhead projection for the intricate, detailed images, which are then drawn and cut-out by hand. Quite a laborious process but allows me to combine the precise, detailed layers over the rough, painterly ones. Similarly all the sections with a graph-like grid are done by hand using a pencil and overhead projection or a piece of original graph paper as a guide.
Your work foregrounds the similarities between the harshness of the rural mountainous landscape and the urban environment. What about this interests you?
I think a lot of it stems from my winter ski seasons. My first two seasons in particular were spent living in these 1960s concrete, purpose-built resorts in the Alps. It's such a striking environment: these huge man- made structures in contrast with the stark, mountainous landscape. Similarly the pylons and chairlifts which dot the terrain when you're up in the mountains. Those six seasons were a life-affirming experience and consequently the mountains still have a big pull on me and my work.
What drew you to working on birchwood rather than canvas?
Throughout art school I spent the majority of time working on canvas but as my process developed I found that plywood was much more forgiving, especially when using a scalpel. I initially started working on really small panels but my two Degree Show pieces were large 152 x 122cm plywood sheets with a lot of the wood left exposed. I've always been drawn to the contrast between the natural wood and painted surface.
What are your ambitions for 2019?
Having just completed a large body of work for my first solo exhibition in Edinburgh last month, I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time in the studio experimenting. I'd like to exhibit some more work where possible and hopefully get back to some screen printing.