Emily Motto

Эмили Мотто
My Cell

Emily Motto  My cell

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I make playful sculptures that perform and evolve throughout, and beyond, my creation – especially in terms of their shape, and the physicality of the unstable materials that I build them from. When creating parasites I was inspired by how the materials I made and used fed off each other’s properties; the net, dough and string of my recent sculpture series structurally supporting each other, and these responses creating new, and often quite fragile, forms. My work usually begins by fiddling with materials – handmade, domestic, and convenient – and playing with their properties to explore what forms can be created. This element of play is echoed in the curation of my sculptures, in environments that you can explore around and inside. Working with recipes of dough, I have been excited by how my sculptures change and adapt; playdough crystallizing in reaction with the surrounding environment, yeast reactions expanding bread dough into novel forms, and weight distorting underlying structures; and I enjoy delegating these elements of the making process to the properties of the materials I make and choose. These sculptural forms behave like figures; sensual, tactile, fragile, unstable and transient. In my most recent experiments in Moira’s Lounge I have been creating digital-like moiré patterns using the analogue sensual materials I work with. I have been excited to explore the physicality of figurative forms in relation to their flat representation in virtual digital images; using of print outs of images of people found posted on FACEBOOK, amongst environments of other structures I build, to compete as figurative objects.