Emily Jane Campbell is an artist exploring remembrance, alternate realities, personal mythologies and the “genius loci” (spirit of place). She predominantly works in oil paint and mixed media. Her fantastical landscapes are an amalgamation of photographs, childhood memories and imagination. Locations of her past are reimagined, allowing her to re-author and mythologise her history and memorialise that which has been lost.
These idealised locations are treasured but inaccessible spaces. Humming portals, neon gateways and hovering dark holes lead curiously in and out of the landscape, but their destinations remain elusive. Natural forms hold vigil. Trees are reassuring in their solidity and solidarity. The presence of stones signifies loss, as they become the cairns and totems of memorial. They reference an awareness of our place in the human story & the layers of history held in their geological strata, reminders that nothing lasts forever. Just as remnants of the past are concealed in rocks, trace elements of a person, place or happening are locked in our memory.
However, no matter how much we long for home, for the past, we will never return. We won’t be reunited with those for whom collected stones from the woods and built cairns in the fields. It is perfect there, but we remain here.
Emily Jane Campbell (b.1986) lives and works in London. She is an alumna of University College London (BA Hons History of Art) and Goldsmiths UoL (PGCE Art and Design). Her work explores remembrance, personal mythologies and the “genius loci” or (spirit of place) through reimagined landscapes and natural forms. “Fatherland”, Campbell’s first solo exhibition, was held at Geddes Gallery in Kings Cross in 2016. She was awarded the Cass Art Bursary Prize in 2015.
Selected exhibitions include: “And Don’t The Kids Just Love It…” Goldsmiths UoL, London (2017); “The Thames: The ARTery of London” St Katharine Docks, London (2016), “Cyprus Open Studios Annual Exhibition” Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos, Cyprus (2016); “Both Ends of Madness” Folkestone Library, Kent (2016); “Visions” Hoxton Arches, London (2015); “Co,ord.in,ate” Pop-Up Gallery, Kings Cross, London (2013). Campbell’s work is held in private collections in Europe and the US.