Emily Wolfe, Dismantle, 2020. Oil on linen, 80 x 100cm. Courtesy: the artist and Page Galleries, Wellington.
Emily Wolfe’s new series of paintings see fragmented or discarded objects set against backdrops of old master styled landscape paintings, which themselves have the appearance of having been salvaged from certain ill fate.
The paintings in this exhibition were made during long periods of isolation, with the artist working away in her home studio, inside an old Victorian house in Oxford, England. Wolfe’s country of residence has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with much of the population repeatedly thrown back into lockdown. Vanishing Point, the title for this exhibition, seems to refer not only to that point of perspective convergence within the image but also to a feeling that many of us can relate to.