Chers parisien, chères parisiennes, this weekend be ready for Maison Objet, a big design trade show in Paris with more than 3,000 exhibitors from all over the world. ArtyCity meets one of the artist exhibiting, Emma Godebska.
Born in France to a family of artists, Emma trained in London and counts professional experiences in Paris in the jewelry industry for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Loulou de la Falaise. Following various trips and adventures, Emma is back in the south of France, Nimes.
Her artworks combine different materials and techniques: found materials, photography, wood, metal, plastic, paint, magazine bits, and the like, that Emma uses to create a surreal world assemblies and abstract shapes; also, she’s fascinated by all surface techniques: printing, patination, etching, oxidizing. “For me, creating art is about passing on emotions. I think that art is like a door to the unconscious, it allows the viewer to sink into his own feelings. Great art is one that touches people, that doesn’t leave the viewer indifferent.”
Emma was one of the finalists for the 2014 Generation Awake competition in Brussels which promotes smart choices in our daily life to save water, energy and other natural resources, and reduce waste.
“For the competition, I presented the MEMORABILIA, an installation on the theme of memories and old times. The pieces are made with old and broken found objects trapped in wire that symbolizes the web of time. The frames represent windows to the unconscious. Each object has a story and they generate memories and emotions. I have been working on this project since I left London two years ago. It is very dear to me, because I weave my own stories into each frame. It shows that what could be discarded by most people may still have some value, some use for others. Even when things are old and obsolete they still have some importance. I find that we live in a society that disrespects what is old, and it’s a pity. Generation Awake competition promotes similar values. I was very proud to have been selected!”
At the Maison Objet in Paris, Emma will be an invited artist at the stand of Louis-Marie Planquette, a French artist who works on objects memory.
“We share the same passion for what is old and broken” says Emma, “and I like his way to show the poetry of it all in his lights. Together we have been working on a couple of design projects; it was a wonderful artistic collaboration”.
A few of her MEMORABILIA will also be shown.
Rendez-vous on 5 – 9 September 2014 at:
LMP, stand G13/H14, section Ateliers d’art De France, Hall 5