Fibrosis – New York

Gallery Nosco presents:

a New York solo debut by
Camilla Emson
Opening reception: 8th May 2013 at 18.00
Exhibition: 6th – 12th May 2013 By appointment
RSVP Essential for the private view
95 Grand Street, 2nd floor, 10013, New York
Camilla Emson’s innovative practice considers the body as an intelligent vessel. The explorative and multi-disciplinary nature of her practice calls forward the body as an intuitive storyteller.
Fibrosis is a collection of Emson’s recent ‘sculptural paintings’ that examine new Experiential Theory relating to early life experiences. It describes how memories are ‘woven into your body, like imprints in your nervous system…forming the foundation for bonding and attachment… ‘ However ‘the malleable nervous system can develop new pathways throughout life.’
Her tactile play with materials leads to a visual mapping of the invisible unlocking of body memory, where new patterns take shape. Emson’s training in Experiential Theory has facilitated this unique understanding of a self-healing body.
Influenced by the rawness and fragility that pervades the works of Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, Emson’s oeuvre probes the impact of contact with the physical world and explores the intimate process of repair and re-configuration. The random sprays of bleach juxtaposed with the endurance of intricate needlework, achieved using an unusual needle found on a residency in India, imbues the work with a rare sense of discovery and presence.


The nuanced and ruptured surface of the untreated canvas reminds us of the essential and minimalist qualities of Art Povera. Influenced by the raw presence of Marina Abramovich’s work, Emson’s re-appropriation of her body undresses the false comforts of modern society to reveal a delicate reality. In Fibrosis the body, its scars and imperfections, reincarnates as a metaphor for human experience.
The Live Art realized by the artist has a dual approach to the body as both material and tool, that which sculpts and is sculpted into existence. This exploration of the individual transposes itself to the collective and engages with the audience on a dual symbiotic level.
By Angharad Atac