I am Virtually Invisible

by Emily Pitts on February 15, 2012

in Latest For Sale, Provocative, Text Art

First exhibited at the Buy Art Fair 2011 in Manchester, here is a new piece of work, constructed out of laser-cut perspex:

A series of hearts cascade down from one central heart shaped, perspex centre-piece with individul letters, spelling out the words “I am virtually invisible’, suspended from the hearts.  The mobile, which catches the light, casting tantalising reflections onto the background, gently drifts around on a single thread, in constant flux, but virtually invisible, particularly when suspended above eye level.

The work hangs best well above eye level – making itself virtually invisible, except when moving slightly and catching light at the edges.


Why use text in art?

by Emily Pitts on November 28, 2011

in Love & Lust, Other Things, Provocative, Text Art

I am frequently asked about why I use words in my artworks.

I love language – its construction, its foibles and the complex layers of meaning that can lie within a single phrase or sentence.  In 2000 I did an art foundation course and it was then that I started making work with text – using images with juxtaposed words – investigating the engendering of objects through single words – how meaning, and what people see, change according to words.   At the time it was also a way of creating a more democratic art – outside of the gallery, being able to have a voice within art, but unconstrained by rigid societal norms of the gallery space.  This still holds true to some degree – working with text liberates me, as an artist.  I feel that I can define my own parameters and develop my own conventions.

The way that I work with text and how I develop and create work, revolves around an idea, – perhaps a profound truth or question that is generated by an action or activity or place that I find myself in.  Sometimes the text comes first – the words swim around my head and I re-work them, think about what it is that the words mean and convey, or what they could convey depending on how they are presented.  In this instance, where I have the words, I will search through a whole arsenal of materials and visual representations, sometimes for weeks.  Sometimes I don’t know how to make what I have in my head, so it stews and I have to be patient and wait for the opportunity to present itself to me to finish the idea.

In contrast at other times I can see a material and a light pings on in my head and I think ‘I can say something with that, I can use it and develop some words to say what I mean’ – the two go together: the material and the words.  At other times again, I have a thought and to describe the thought visually I work hard to bring some words to it – more often than not I have to pare down and keep minimising – too many words saying nothing.  Again, the material and the words go together – they sit hand in hand and evolve.

There is a definite bombardment of our visual landscape with text; words instructing us to ‘do this’ and ‘do that’, telling us who we are and what we should be doing – very much instructional.  I think that’s why I prefer pared-down phrases and short sentences – really simple to look at, but belying a complexity under the surface – the saying is that a picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes, a sentence can pose a thousand questions – it just depends what the words are and what they’re make of – they’re a three dimensional thing to me.  Even works like the ‘flat’ laser-cut perspex installations, which I made for the Chorlton Arts Festival earlier this year, have a three dimensional quality that was really important when I was developing the idea and making them – those edges are intrinsic – the colour produced at the edges of the perspex are integral to the reading of the text and the layers of meaning within the installation.

I suppose that the text is so familiar to us that, for me, it’s too good a tool not to use to challenge and re-frame whatever it is that you want to discuss as an artist.

In terms of materials, I like to investigate and make materials look different to how I have seen them before – that’s a challenge in itself – to me and to people looking at it.  I am very regularly asked specifically how I make things and I think in that there is a deeper discussion about pushing boundaries personally.  I run art classes and as we talk about materials and the students see work in the studio it dawns that experimentation is the way to explore, develop and become more enlightened – I think that about life beyond art.

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  • Acrylic on box canvas
  • 61cm x 30.5cm

This new artwork developed from previous work entitled ‘I just love you’.  The work, on a smaller scale than the previous work, uses a dark red/ pink as the base colour, with rainbow colours dispersed throughout the painting, giving a nod to sexual diversity.  Originally inspired by Derek Jarman’s work at Manchester City Art Gallery, this uses text as a central link between the viewer and the work.

The work discretely deals with the conflict between marriage and civil partnerships, with reference to marriage through use of the words ‘I do’ carved into the rainbow coloured canvas.  For non-heterosexual people, marriage is not an option – ‘I do’ doesn’t exist in the same way, but rather sets the LGBT community apart from heterosexuals.  Many see this as an unacceptable and unequal status, which must be changed.

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I Can’t get you out of my Head

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

in Latest For Sale, Love & Lust, Provocative

  • Acrylic medium, hair & glue on box canvas
  • 61cm x 30.5cm

This new work uses real hair, sewn into the canvas in patterns that create the words ‘ I can’t get you out of my head’.  The hair is both appealing in the shapes that it creates, swirling and twirling like an ornate typeface, but at the same time repugnant and repellant when you get up close and see each stray strand wild and free – wafting in the breeze.

Price: £450

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Fabulous new Artwork…

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

in News, Provocative

As promised here is a sneak preview of my new artwork:

“I Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

Hair, medium and glue on Canvas      2010

The work was created by threading real hair into the canvas forming the series of words that you see in the images.  The work uses direct language to communicate with the viewer, who can make their own decision about what the work means to them!

Detail shot of artwork

Online for sale soon.

I’d love to hear and see your comments on the new work…


‘I Loved You’ (Triptych)

by Emily Pitts on September 16, 2010

in Latest For Sale, Provocative

  • Acrylic and wire on Box canvas
  • 3 canvas’: 61cm x 30.5cm each

New gorgeous tactile artworks; three beautifully evocative individual pieces with sensual qualities and a vibrant presence.  The work refers the love between two women and the explosive and powerful emotions that arise in the sexual part of that relationship.  The works are full of emotional charge and present the viewer with intimate subject matter that both enchants, with its deep gouges of paint, and repels, with its immediacy.

Price: £495
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