Emma de Silva

Emma’s work from the past four years has worked at inviting the audience to consider the future of our natural environment and the possibility of a utopian reality. Her work in 2019 explores possibilities and outcomes, rather than offering a definitive stance on what she believes should happen. The scenes offer a window into a dream-like landscape, with a surreal quality strengthened by the presence of a predator/prey set of animals. These often reflect on current efforts in the UK to ‘reintroduce’ animals where the balance of the natural order has been negatively affected by humans. Emma calls on art historical references to question the British tradition of idyllic pastoral landscapes of the 18th and 19th centuries, and reflect on whether there could ever be a future where a harmonious relationship between nature and man could exist.