What is libidinal to each of us and what removes us from it?
How can female cultural memory be rewoven and transformed?
Ember is based from her studio in St Andrews, Victoria.
Ember Fairbairn is mostly known for her densely layered oil paintings of abstracted organic shapes which reference nature . the work is presented as traditional paintings within a frame and also as expanded paintings which occupy various spaces and scales. The work also investigates the way in which colour can impact on the viewer and the space in which it resides. Her work is both about painting itself and how it interacts with space, dimension and form. The pictorial themes often speak about the experience of time, referencing mythology and our relationship with and within nature and the primordial and instinctual nature of humanity.
Ember is interested in what makes a painting libidinal, and how that resides in each of us and what removes us from it?
“Creating art for me is a communion with all of potential, it is a meditation where one “loses” self and merges into all that is and all that is yet to be. The process dictates the form. employing colour, mark making, symbol and shape through oil paint, and texture via the encaustic process.I want to be instructed by the subconscious and by surrendering to what wants to be made, I can be educated from that place".
Ember has exhibited since 2000, Prior to which she trained in Queensland. She is in private and public collections in Australia and internationally, having exhibited regularly in Melbourne, Sydney , Brisbane and Singapore. She has also exhibited in New York.
Ember is represented by Manyung gallery in Victoria
Mt Eliza, Sorrento, Malvern
and Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney.