Emma Finn


Using moving image and narrative, Emma Finn aims to transport viewers to uncomfortable places that sit between reality and invention. Her work begins with ‘the Marks’ – more than just drawings, these quasi-autonomous forces which form in her sketchbooks, emerge on the page with stories they want to tell. Behind much of her works is a lengthy process of research, to identify the stories, places and ideas that ‘the Marks’ are seeking to share. Sometimes there might be a particular story that is inspired by true events, this occasionally occur in reverse, with first the development of a drawing or story followed by finding its echo in reality. She envisions history not as a map, or even a grand narrative but as fragments -- ideas cut short. Anecdotes abandoned serving as antidotes; strands ready and waiting to be picked up and made into string figures.

The Marks as a driving force often require taming, and they repeatedly retain a will of their own, bringing their two dimensional forms with them into the video works, perhaps as the wheel of a postal van, or in the form of a wrecking ball. This interplay of two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional material hopes to create a warped realism, focusing our attention on the overarching theme of perceptions and modes of reality.

Marrying hi-fi with lo-fi techniques, she builds worlds where multiple planes operate independently of one another, reflecting how technology allows us to create our own private heterotopias, which we construct from our vision of our own Post Truth lives, blurring between fact and fiction.

Going forward, Finn is interested in examining the current state of gesture today - its intrinsically dithering presence between man and technology, darting back and forth. It also serves to reflect on the ‘Marks’ world; stuck between high and lo-fi, belonging to neither.

Emma Finn is currently studying on the Moving Image- Contemporary Art Practice MA programme at the Royal College of Art in London.