February 18, 2020
To sit alongside A Little Garden, I have created a series of miniatures Inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. These works are printed on board (in acknowledgment to the original material most of these artworks would have been painted on). They are roughly A4 in size and each artwork contains a plastic animal – there are 12 in all, hidden amidst my recontextualised floral compositions.
Just in time for the Chinese New Year, Emma Bass has created a small series of works to delight anyone interested in the Chinese Zodiac. However these are not the sort of works you’d expect from the artist, whom is well known for her bright eccentric floral portraits.
These works have been created in conjunction with A Little Garden, a new series by Bass which sees the artist layering creatures, objects of intrigue and gilded gold leaf Matisse shapes, over vintage reproductions of 17th Century Dutch flower paintings, which have been the main inspiration behind her body of work up until now.
“I’m entering the second phase of motherhood and life, this is a moment of change for me. I want to honour my inspiration and make a connection with the passing of time.” – Emma Bass
To sit alongside A Little Garden – which opens later this month at ARTIS Gallery in Parnell, Bass has created an intriguing series of miniatures Inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Printed on board in acknowledgment to the original material most of these artworks would have been painted on, these works stand roughly at A4 in stature, with thick black borders laden in gloss, each artwork contains a plastic animal – there are 12 in all, hidden amidst her recontextualised floral compositions.
The Chinese zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyao/ ‘born resembling'), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. In order, the 12 Chinese horoscope animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. 2020 is a year of the Rat.
In the flesh this magical series has celestial presence, each one a little treasure, a perfect morsel to take home for any first time art lovers. - Aimee Ralfini
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