Emma Itzstein is a contemporary Australian artist whose painting practice exists as an embodiment of her exploration and understanding of human psychology. She approaches the canvas with philosophical and spiritual context, using gardens and the landscape as symbolic subjects to communicate personal discoveries. With an interest in themes of memory and narrative, through the process of applying paint, she aims to glean insight and acceptance of her own psyche as well as contextualising her connectiveness with places and people.
Her visual language employs a tension of loose and tight marks to conjure a personal wrestle to accept paradox in every facet of life. Both her process and rhythmic aesthetic treatment aims to marry instinct and chaos, with control and mindfulness, creating a temporal visual dance between the two. In exploring this tension in her work, she seeks to challenge ‘all or nothing’ thinking in favour of being at peace with contradiction, radical uncertainty and infinite possibility.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts from the University of Western Australia. A finalist in the Paddington Art Prize (2022) and winner of the Macquarie Emerging Artist Prize (2020), the City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award (2014), Mid West Art Prize Youth Award (2013) and Mandorla Art Emerging Artist Award (2010), Emma Itzstein is recognised for her painting and unique state printmaking. Her portraiture has been selected for inclusion in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (semi-finalist 2022) and the Lester Prize Salon des Refuses (2013). Her work is held in the collections of Macquarie Bank, Fiona Stanley Hospital and St John of God Hospital.
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