Emma Hart make a subversive Scottish debut with BANGER at Fruitmarket Gallery
- Susan Mansfield
- 7 November 2018
Expect surprises from the recent winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in her first Scottish show
An artist who titles her works things like 'Mamma Mia!' and 'Suckerz' would seem to have an ear for the subversive, and Emma Hart doesn't disappoint with BANGER, her first show in Scotland, has just opened at the Fruitmarket Gallery.
London-based Hart, the most recent winner of the biennial Max Mara Art Prize for Women, often makes work which is 'badly behaved and messy, challenging assumptions and stereotypes in her quest to make art to which everyone can relate.'
Hart initially studied photography, but now works in a range of media including ceramics, where she relishes the handmade aspects while subverting the medium with customary panache. One of the works coming to the Fruitmarket is 'Mamma Mia!', made in response to a residency in Italy funded by the Max Mara Prize on which she studied ceramic techniques, as well as spending time observing the work at a special family therapy clinic in Milan.
Drawing on aspects of both, she has made 'families' of giant ceramic heads, lit from inside and colourfully painted with 'modern hieroglyphics'. Work made since focuses on the car and how we use it to shape and navigate the world. That might be a clue to the title. But I think we can still expect to be surprised.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until 3 Feb.