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Emma Rushton

MA Fine Art

Within our domestic space we create unconscious relationships with everyday objects. My research explores how the unexpected material in domestic objects can evoke particular emotions.

Domestic objects are of particular interest to me. Encountered through the everyday, these objects can acquire a particular value through purpose or sentimental connections. Within an art context, viewers’ bring their perceptions of objects with them into the gallery, and these perceptions continues to invade the work through connections, memories and interactions with the outside.

I deliberately push the limitations of these perceptions by manipulating the characteristics by which an object is normally identified. Removing the object’s purpose or personality, I recreate it using weakened or vulnerable materials. In doing this I acknowledge the influence of artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Mona Hatoum and Louise Bourgeois.

This recreation whereby the familiar becomes unfamiliar, is related to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny. Freud’s theory, and related psychoanalytical approaches, can be applied to my work as I attempt to manipulate our unconscious relationships with objects through the language of materials. By using vulnerable materials that should show strength, I constantly remove the purpose of the object, asking the question: ‘is it still the object now its’ purpose is removed?’

Emma Rushton work called ------- at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017

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Emma Rushton work called ------- at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017

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Emma Rushton work called ------- at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017

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MA Catalogue imagery by Amy Ollett at Norwich University of the Arts

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