Emma Haworth’s paintings are narratives usually set in a park or scrubland within a city or town. These areas are havens for people and wildlife, places of sanctuary and refuge from the city, whilst remaining still very much part of the city’s domain. They may be public parks visited by all, or private places, secret gardens found behind industrial estates, visited by the more adventurous city dweller. Such spaces are a constantly changing backdrop with the seasons, weather and passage of time affecting all that passes through them.
The narrative in Haworth’s paintings may draw from poems, fairy tales, novels or biblical stories that have a relationship with our contemporary society. Although built upon observation, her paintings become fictional scenes. By making long studies using sketches and photographs she visits the setting at various times of the day and year recording the type of people and range of wildlife that use them, seeing their different interactions and noting how the atmosphere can change as daylight turns to nightfall. Back in her studio Haworth brings together the people, birds, animals, plants and trees that may never have actually come across one another in reality. Then creates a more timeless imagined image imbued with a deeper meaning.
The places she paints are magical, full of secrets and hints of stories.
Courtesy of the artist’s website.