About Emma

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About Emma 2018-05-05T10:25:35+00:00

Artist statement

illustrator, film maker and animator Emma PlunkettI am a British born and educated artist, film maker and designer, working with: stoneware sculpture, cyanotype print, watercolour, oil, acrylic, illustration, animation, photography and vectors.

In the early 90’s I gained a Ba (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of East London. I gained a lot of my film and animation practise through creating weekly visuals when working intensively as a VJ (video projection artist) under the name Miss Plunkett.

My work aims to be uplifting and to express something beyond words.

Her characteristic witty surrealist style celebrates the female form, very often in movement – dance or performance.” SaloArte.

Emma’s work is very personal and great, elaborated with great mastery and feeling.” Rafael Vílchez, Ideal

Ian Rutter from Talk Radio Europe interviewed me for his talk-show, Life Stories. The show was aired on the 3rd December 2017. Listen to me speak about some of my life.

Creative Intention

I sometimes feel like a slave to the creative urge. In my experience, when a piece wants to come into existence there is no point in fighting or denying it. However, it sometimes takes a certain amount of courage to allow the art be whatever it wants to be. I enjoy being in the creative process, and I love to see what comes out next…

Inspiration

Inspiration is ever-present in my life, from the moment I become conscious in the morning, through all the experiences of my day. I’m constantly seeing possibilities and ideas that could be made into art. I write and draw my ideas down, and have kept all my sketch books since childhood. It’s only the ideas which plague me or come out when I’m doodling, that become embodied.

Creative Process

I loose all sense of myself during the creative process. I have no concern with my gender, or whether I am young, old, hot, cold, hungry or not… or even what time it is. I concentrate for hours on end, acting on each creative step as it arises. I like to become familiar with the behaviour and characteristics of different materials, sometimes letting them guide me, going with the happy accidents, experimenting and exploring. Being able to accept what I make, even if I may not like it much myself at first, is an interesting consideration too.

Emma Plunkett’s Curiculum

DateEvent
April 2018Ceramiq – Órgiva
A cyanotype exhibition.
Nov – Dec 2017La Azucarer – Motril
Emma organised an exhibition for 50 artists!
Aug – Nov 2017La Botíca – Salobreña
Exhibition in a restaurant.
Oct 2017University of Granada
One day lecture to give the students an idea of what life is like being a professional artist.
Aug 20174 Artists – Jardín Nazarí, Velez de Benaudalla
Mix Amylo, ClaraBaza, Emma Plunkett and Beatrice Constán, group show organised my Emma.
July 2017Plunkett vs. Morego – Jardin Nazari
2 artists in a beautiful big historic building, battling it out in a duel of artistic expression. Organiser and exhibiter.
June 2017Rogue Gallery – Glastonbury Festival
An art gallery situated in the circus and theatre space at Glastonbury festival, dedicated to art with an aerial theme.
May 2017PINK – ANA Art Exhibition
Unlike the title suggests, this was not a soft feminine affair. This was a strong, brave and interesting show of PINK, held in the Jardin Nazari of Vélez de Benaudalla, Granada, Spain. I was co organiser and exhibitor.
April 20179th Annual Competa Art Walk
38 artists in a range of alternative and gallery spaces opened up to the public around the picturesque village of Competa in Malaga province.
Feb 2017Impresiónes – ANA Group Print Show
Mixed group art print show in Órgiva, with my art group – Artists Network Alpujarra. Organiser and exhibiter.
October 2016University of Granada
A one day visiting lecturer, showing films and talking about the importance of art and my art film career. See film.
October 2016Art Day Málaga
One day, group art demonstration in Barrio Picasso, Málaga. See film.
October 2016ANA Las Torcas
Artists’ Network Alpujarra inaugural group art exhibition with 17 artists. Tablones, near Orgiva. See the film. Organiser and exhibiter.
June 2016Casa de Cultura, La Caleta
End of year ceramic class group show
2016SaloArte 2016
Annual group exhibition in the Museum of Salobreña.
May – Sept 2016La Botíca
Solo and group show, restaurant in Salobreña old town.
May 2015 – ongoingEl Casino, Salobreña
Group exhibition in the old town of Salobreña
October 2015Sala Vimaambi
Solo show of flamenco dancers in the Albycin Granada, Spain. Organiser and exhibiter.
July 2015The Incredible Exploding Pommegranate
Group art show split ver two venues, El Casino, Salobreña and La Conca Arts Club, Chite, Spain.
Nov 2015 – ongoingKitty Harri Sculpture Garden
150 sculpture set in fantastic tropical gardens in Southern Spain.
Nov 2015 – ongoingMuseo de Aceite
Flamenco themed exhibition in the olive oil museum of Vélez de Benaudalla, Granada, Spain.
2015SaloArte 2015
Annual group exhibition in Salobreña.
June 2015Casa de Cultura, La Caleta
End of year ceramic class group show.
April 2015Casa de Cultura, Velez de Benaudalla
One woman show of original cyanotype prints, Vélez de Benaudalla Cultural week. Organiser and exhibiter.
2014 – ongoingCortijo Romero
Gallery gift shop of local artists, Spain
2014 – 2016El Secreto Del Olivo
Work on display in a beautiful old Spanish style boutique hotel / restaurant in Niguelas, Granada.
July 2014SaloArte 2014
Mixed group show in a beautiful shabby chic old house.
June 2014Casa de Cultura, La Caleta
End of year ceramic class group show.
June 2014La Fabula at La Finca
A group show in the beautiful surrounds of La Finca Del Castillo Arabe, Granada. Featuring the culinary delights of master chef Ishmael Delgado.
Feb 2014Sand Pit Club – Chite
A groups show about love.
Feb 2014Cafe Teatro El Jardin – Granada
A solo exhibition for St. Valentines day.
Dec 2013Órgiva Old Town Hall
Group art exhibtion
August 2013El Rincon – Alqueria de los Lentos
Group show in a beautiful garden setting in Spain
June 2013Casa de Cultura, La Caleta
End of year ceramic class group show
May 2013Arte de lo Pequeño – Salobreña, Spain
Organizer and exhibitor, open group show for 25 artists.
2012 - 2013La Galería de Arte Cartel – Granada, Spain
Set of sculptures on display in commercial gallery.
2012Salo Arte – Salobreña, Spain
Group show in the atmospheric 10th century Moorish castle.
2012Sala de Exposiones – Salobreña, Spain.
Mujeres Encendidas - Women Alight - 4 women show. Organiser and exhibitor.
2011 - 2012Indigo Interiors – La Herradura, Spain
Exhibition in interior design shop.
2011Taller de Arte Vimaambi – Granada, Spain
Solo show - in the beautiful and ancient Moorish neighbourhood of the Albayzin.
2010Nerja Festival of Arts – Spain
Annual art fare in the Sala de Exposiones.
2009 - 2011Galería Manzanilla – Órgiva, Spain
Mixed show of various artists, ongoing changing exhibition in commercial gallery.
2009 - 2011Galería Visión Natural – La Caleta, Spain
Exhibition of canvas prints, sculptures and watercolours in art gallery of Eduardo Cruz Casanova.
1999Hoxton Square Gallery – London
Group show alongside artists such as Cornelia Parker.
1996 - 1997Gallery 5 – Portobello, London
Mixed show in commercial gallery
1995Stones In Her Pockets – Touring Exhibition, UK
Women artists group show, NEC Birmingham among other places.
1994The Drill Hall – London
Solo show of cyanotype prints
1994The Princes Trust – London
Received a grant and they purchased a painting for their private collection
1991Fresh Art – Business design centre, London
Selected art graduates
1990Air Gallery – London
2nd year degree, group show
DateEvent
2017 – ongoingMoho Studio Pro
Animation software. Udemy courses and self learning.
2016 - ongoingSpanish
One to one language lessons.
2014 - ongoingFinal Cut Pro X
Video editing software. Self learning.
2013 - ongoingCeramics
Evening classes.
2012 - ongoingAdobe Illustrator
Self taught.
1997Kingsway College – London
Premiere editing course.
1997Connections – London
Video training course in Hammersmith. Covering front end maintenance of equipment plus film making techniques and avid editing.
1996 - ongoingPhotoshop
Self taught.
1989 - 1991BA (Hons) Fine Art – University of East London
Specialising in painting, projection, installation, film and photography. Was NELP (North East London Polytechnic)
1987 - 1989B/TEC Diploma in General Art & Design – Amersham College F.E.
Best course I ever did! I specialised in fine art painting after completing terms in sculpture, textiles, graphic design, print making, fashion and illustration.
DateEvent
March 2017International Citizens Services (ICS)
A film commissioned by ICS for International woman's day. The Service Coop contracted me to illustrate and animate this poem – The Women's Public Service Announcement
Dec 2016ICS (International Citizens Services, UK)
The Date Tree – illustrated and animated by Emma Plunkett for The Service Coop.
June 2016Morley College
Creating the phonemic alphabet and styling for an educational film.
July 2016Miscarriage Association
Commissioned by The Service Coop to create stop frame illustrations for the hotline awareness film. Nominated for the charity film awards 2018.
April 2015VSO
In house video production
Sept 2014VSO
Creating original films for the fundraising department. Getting each team to make up a dance and tell secrets. They got the funding they were applying for.
2013Gallery Sala Parpello in Valencia, Spain
Editor for PaSEaR by Charley Case, projected installation commissioned by the gallery Sala Parpello in Valencia, Spain.
2011 - 2016The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company – Spain
Documenting and editing a three minute web film for each play devised by creative director Mr Teds.
2011Angus Watt Artists Film – UK
Created a film for international artist Angus Watt, which tells the story of his history of his vast flag installations in the landscape.
2008 - 2009Mighty Sounds Festival – Czech Republic
Provided equipment, installation and visuals with live cameras, for all the bands on the second stage.
2007Non Stop Festival – Poland
Provided visuals and live mixing for Nick Hollywood's Freshley Squeezed DJ set in Wrockslaw town square.
2007Rocket Festival – Spain
Provided all video equipment, managing VJ's, main dance tent. VJ with Pendulum.
2006Love Music Hate Racism – Trafalgar Sq. London
VJ'ed with Punkvert crew to various bands on daylight LED screens in front of 40,000 crowd.
2006 - 2007Órgiva Feria – Spain
Provided visuals and equipment for the town fare dance area.
2005Gypsy Film Festival – Granada, Spain
Runner up prize for El Afilador a short film about a knife sharpener and the Buddhist principle of non attachment, commissioned by Suzy Jones.
2005Rocket Festival – Spain
Provided a dance area in a 11m dome, Tribal Funk founder, organiser, VJ.
2004Rocket Festival – Spain
Co-created and managing the Tribal Funk dance space, providing live video and art installation in 11 meter dome.
2004Supper Club – Amsterdam
VJ show in the amazing artist run eatery and club space.
2003 - 2005Discoteccas – Costa Del Sol, Spain
VJing around Purto Banus, Marbella, Malaga, Torremolinos at various venues such as Pacha, Malibu House Club, Cream, Colonials, Locos, Passión, la Notte, Bedrock.
2003 - 2008The Dragon Festival – Spain
Provided the Tribal Funk dance area, with visuals, art installation and performance. Duties include managing finances, structure, bar and staff. Provided visuals for other sound systems. Realised that where my freedom starts, another persons ends, so I could not support the festival in this form. This free festival was in the wrong location causing suffering to neighbours, noise pollution, looting, a danger for access, raw sewage on footpaths and litter.
2003 - 2006Tribal Funk – Spain
Co-creator and event organiser of mobile dance space in 11m dome. Providing live video, performance art and installation.
2003 - 2006Opera 4 – Granada, Spain
Resident VJ at 4 star hotel Vincii night club.
2002Manumission – Ibiza
Theatre show with VJing, trapeze and pyrotechnics,
2002Mipenas Festival – Spain
Vjing in main dance tent
2002Robodock Festival – Amsterdam
Theatre show with VJing, trapeze and pyrotechnics at the notorious ADM squatted ship yard.
2000 - 2001The Vibe Bar – London
Resident VJ, providing equipment and live visuals.
2000 - 2001Fabric – London
Resident VJ in the main dance area every Saturday night.
2000 - 2001The Royal Vauxhall Tavern – London
Stars up your Arse - Providing video back drops and VJing for award winning alternative cabaret star Mr Teds
2000The Eurpean Drum & Bass Convention – France
VJing at the Monastery of Sound in Normandy.
1999 - 2000The Lux – London
Video and gallery technician at the former London Film makers co-op and LEA (London Electronic Arts).
1999 - 2001Femi-9 Product – London
I was guest VJ at Funk Cutters all girl VJ and DJ monthly club nights in various venues, men were welcome to perform in drag.
1999 - 2000Warps 1 to 9 – London
Providing all video and slide equipment, live VJing, and art installations in main dance area at the egendary Drome in London Bridge. London's first alternative indoor festival.
1998 - 2000Notting Hill Arts Club – London
VJ with the band Colien
1998 - 2001Omsk – London
VJ at various alternative art events.
1996Portobello Film Festival – London
Two films rated and screened. Documented festival.
1996Four Corners – London
Teaching video to tower hamlets teenagers.
1996The Big Chill – UK
Video projections in chill out tent.
1996Sonar Festival – Barcelona, Spain
VJ - my first live mixing of visuals to the Liberator crew.
1995 - 2002Night Life – London
Vjing at the Paradise bar, Union Chapel, The Foundry, Aquarium, Bagleys, The Spitz, 333 Club, Turnmills, Tardis Studios, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Megatripolis, Plastic People, Heaven, SW1 Club, The Water Rats, The Garage, Slime Light, Absinthe official launch parties, Agent Provocateur party, Big Audio Dynamite parties, Camden Parkway Cinema - squat party, West London heliport - squat party, The Lux gallery, The Tabernacle - Portobello, Tyssen Street Studios, The Drome - Warp 1 - 9, Drome Zone. Tip records parties, Dragon Fly Parties, Subliminal Psychedelia, D-fuse parties.

Painting

I enjoy taking risks – even if it means ruining a perfectly good piece! – just to see what happens next. I am confident in my approach and my mark making. I do not pin myself down to any one style, though I still pursue and develop technically coherent bodies of work. I mostly use a limited palette of turquoise, magenta and lemon yellow, using a mixture of palette knives and brushes. I sometimes focus on set ideas, and other times I start off with complete abstraction, building up an underpainting with random marks… letting it evolve, uncontrived. With this approach, and with turning the canvas round and round, the painting will eventually remind me of some experience, or something I have seen. Then I will either create or retrieve reference material from my archive, or paint from memory to bring out the shapes. Even though the painting here is an abstract, I see a picnic I shared with close friends on a rugged British coastline. That’s me body boarding!

Emma plunkett artists with her erotic stoneware sculpture

Sculpture

I tend to work mostly in stoneware clay, because of its durability – and it can go outside. I prefer to model and build up my sculptures, rather than carve them down. Sometimes it can take a while for the character or shape to emerge and I have to just keep on sculpting without a clue as to what it is I am making. I have learned to trust this process. I tune into what I’m doing 100%, listening to it and becoming aware of the next step to act on. Sometimes a thought will go through my mind like, “Go on – break it’s head off, you know you can do it better.” And I do – unafraid to follow the cues.

Video

I draw upon my deep knowledge of experimental film-making to bring fresh looking (yet well-tested) ideas to my commissioned short films. I make films for web, films for conferences, and also stop frame and vector animation. I create my visual palette from scratch, developing unique characters and graphics, working with actors to recreate realistic movements and filming around on location. Film-making is like a whole language for me, where I can communicate the desired look and feel clearly by layering up images, and commissioning original soundtracks.

I film and project all my own material when live video mixing (VJing) at festivals and events. I can personalise a show and also write and mix in my “stream of consciousness” poetry. When the music is good, the visuals just flow out.

I use Modul8 for VJing, Final Cut Pro X for editing and Moho Studio Pro for animating. I use a Canon 70D and Panasonic HS900 for shooting RAW and HD.

Miss Plunkett VJ
Heart Chandelier vector art by Emma Plunkett

Design

Design is a good creative discipline for me, because it means I have to rise to the challenge of interpreting someone else’s ideas. To do this, I listen to the brief… get to know who and what it’s for, and thinks deeply about what it is they need from me, what I can give extra. I give each design my own unique flourish. I get a buzz from sharing my creativity with other people, and seeing it embellish their lives and businesses. Repeat patterns, illustrations, graphic design, typography, web videos and logos are all very practical applications for art, which enrich all levels of everyday life.

My Art Heroes

Laurie Anderson is my biggest artistic influence, the content of her art is so intimate and her multi media installations have moved me to tears in the past (even though I hate crying in public). I love Helen Chadwick’s art (RIP). She expressed her femininity in such unusual ways – like her flower arrangements of male genitalia – and she brought a lot of chocolate into galleries with her chocolate fountains. Cornelia Parker’s artwork is sheer poetry to my soul. The way she captures intense moments or thoughts about life, brings shivers just thinking about it! For example, the smell and feeling of her exploded chapel, with all the pieces of burnt wood suspended in mid air… or her framed A–Z, with a hole burnt right through the open pages of central London.

Emma Plunkett