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Nereids (Ensemble) by Emma de Polnay


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Nereids (Ensemble) by Emma de Polnay [2021]


Mixed media on 300gsm hot-pressed Bockingford paper

Image size: H:76 cm x W:56 cm

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“…it’s just the sea, the sky and the sensation of being held/rocked/pounded and beaten by the sheer force of nature – I surrender and am renewed.” Mixed media on 300gsm hot-pressed Bockingford paper – using wax, watercolour, graphite, acrylic ink and paint and some Sussex clay for the water-logged hair. This series is my homage to my favourite neighbour; the sea, and our coastal tribe of sea-swimmers. Particularly the women. I am really moved when I see these stoic, rugged-up females waddling down to the water’s edge, stripping off with gritted teeth and emerging pink-faced and re-born. I have many close friends in the Brighton tribe. This sisterhood makes me think of the sea-water nymphs from Greek mythology, (the Nereids) – daughters of the waves, taking the sea on…in all states, then surrendering to it. Its infinite power and certainty a blessing for a world in flux.

Discover artworks by Emma de Polnay available to buy online and in our art gallery. Emma studied art at Wimbledon Art School, going on to study at Kingston University for a BA in fine art and an MA in set design for film. Emma is known for her dynamic figurative work. Her mixed-media artworks are influenced by contemporary dance and mythology, and created with high-speed mark-making using everything from gilding wax to cold tea. To discuss works by Emma de Polnay please contact, or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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