Emma Louvelle

Artist of the Month August 2017

Our Artist of the Month for August 2017 is Emma Louvelle.

Emma is one of 20 artists appearing in our exhibition Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West, which is currently at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Emma works across disciplines; painting, sculpting, writing and performing. She says 'If no one was to bear witness to my art I would still create it. It is as essential to me as breathing'.

When and how did your interest in art develop?

My early childhood memories although faded by the years still bristle vividly with time spent, drawing, painting and dancing. They were there from the very start as essential as breathing for me; in a way I did not choose them but was propelled towards them by some invisible guiding hand. They sheltered and nourished me from the reality I grew up in, gave me a voice, escape and strength.

What influences your art?


What process do you go through when you are creating a piece (starting with the initial idea)?

The processes I go through are numerous; there is no set pattern that I follow. I have learnt things that work and reapply them but I have also failed in a process, but I do not see it as failure. I am a great believer in the power and possibilities from what I term mistakology, there is always something to be gleamed. Sometimes the ‘process’ is in the moment of doing, improvising, but this is still process, it’s just happening at a rapid rate and rooted in awareness, whether with charcoal or movement.

Which artists, if any, have you drawn inspiration from? 

Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Fridha Kahlo, Sasha Waltz, Pina Bausch, Anna Halprin, Patricia Gonzalez, Dave Toole, Sally Potter, Derek Jarman, Remedios Varo, Paula Rego and many more, the list is endless really.

Do you have a favourite piece? If so, which one and why?

No I don’t have a favourite piece; they are all so different and occupy different places for me.

What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?

That they hopefully encounter something, small or big it does not matter. To maybe encounter an emotion, or a connection of some kind, or an enjoyment on an aesthetic level; but whenever anyone stops and takes the trouble to look at art it is a moment of pause from the manic pace of modern life. Those moments when we just stop to see something is becoming smaller and smaller, using our eyes without the obstruction of technology. They are therefore precious gems by way of action.

What has been the highlight of your artistic career?

Dancing in the sculpture gallery at the V & A, a privilege to say the least and being part of the inclusive/integrated dance company now sadly no longer existing due to loss of funding ‘New Rhythms’.

Has being a part of Outside In been beneficial for you? If so, how?

Exceedingly so, being part of this platform has allowed me to become part of a vibrant and soaked with talent online community and given me highly valuable opportunities such as taking part in the ‘Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Artists in the South West’ exhibition. At the private view in Bristol I got to meet so many fantastic artists, such as the ‘Artists First’ group from Bristol.

What is next for you as an artist?

I do not know all I know is that I will keep creating, keep hoping for an arts ecology that with wisdom and understanding will open up its current frontiers to encompass the wonderful diversity that exists.

View Emma Louvelle's Outside In online gallery