In Emma Talbot’s sculpture Mirrored Landscape, we see a female figure leaning forward and looking at the palm of her hand. A graceful but at the same time subdued and defeated pose. Opposite her, a tree bends in exactly the opposite direction, its branches leaning over the woman's curved back, they assume the same posture as if mimicking each other.
In a world where we want to control everything with our intellect and where everyone is connected to their own device, Emma Talbot is open to the transcendent and the irrational. We humans are part of a larger whole, she appears to be saying, a vast history and space. Everything, both energetic and menacing, flows seamlessly together. We are all physically and psychologically incorporated to our surroundings. We are a part of the natural world. We mirror our environment. There is an awareness that we all participate in, that includes our dreams, fears and hopes.
Work by Emma Talbot is also shown in The Milk of Dreams at the Venice Biennale curated by Cecilia Alemani. A new solo exhibition by Emma Talbot will open on June 30th at Whitechapel Gallery, London.