Emma Lloyd

Artist statement:

My work is driven by documentation and observation of the world around me, within this exists a visual diary to record my thoughts, feelings and memories. I combine text work with analogue photography and darkroom experimental techniques to distort my work and represent the more ominous emotions I feel.


Work statement:

This series experimented with how I could combine text work with my photography. I scanned in some darkroom contact sheets of 35mm photos I had taken from my time at university. It felt nostalgic to look at them but also very melancholic, as I knew I wouldn’t be returning to university again. I then wrote on top of them with layers of digital text.

I did this over lockdown whilst I was still undergoing the last stages of my degree coursework. It resulted in pieces which illustrate the build-up of increasing frustration and sadness I felt at this time. I used text to vent about the way my Fine Art degree at Loughborough University was ending, about missing loved ones and a whole other plethora of emotions that lockdown triggered. The photographs underneath are sentimental, representing exactly who I was missing, whilst the text emphasises these feelings and why I found lockdown so hard. The layering of text distorted the meaning of the writing, creating a body of words that are almost illegible, to me this highlights the overwhelming nature of
lockdown and isolation.


Links to websites and Instagram 

Instagram: @ejlloydart

Will It Be This Way Forever? – New Artwork

The inspiration for this piece comes from the current situation we find ourselves in around the Covid 19 pandemic. The future, what it looks like, the need to wear masks in public and the overall effect on humanity are all big questions that play on my mind.

I’ve been experimenting with collage for the last 2 months the ability to draw material from magazines and books and create something completely different is of great interest to me. A subverting of the original intention. I enjoy working with themes of a political and social commentary nature, I think it’s even more important at present to highlight those things people may not want to accept or think about.

Covid 19 Public Service Announcement Series – Collage

Inspired by the current Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdown measures that have been implemented. This series of work draws on elements of the surreal cut from various publications and arranged into a public service announcement to highlight the continued flouting of lockdown rules. The numbers in each piece refers to the number of deaths that day in the United Kingdom.

The medium was chosen due to its flexibility and the ability to created fantastical scenes from various magazines and journals. I am currently self isolating due to the pandemic and being able to create fantasy scenes while confined to my home has been both cathartic and emotional.

Day 2 of 14 – Self Isolation

Due to prolonged exposure to somebody displaying symptoms of Coronavirus I took the guidance to self-isolate for 14 days. I thought I’d document my days in video form with a daily video diary.