This painting depicts a blue flower-like character smiling as it emerges from a plant that resembles an artichoke. Blue roots extend beneath the figure, giving it just as much weight below as above. The composition is displayed in a burned wood frame carved with characters and designs, creating a completely integrated work.
The artist's figures are drawn from flora and fauna, as well as mythological narratives. The characters inhabit a fantastical and deeply spiritual dreamscape that retraces the subconscious—creating a unique universe that is poetic and humorous, as well as tender and bold. The absence of a traditional composition in this work or any naturalistic proportions allow it to escape any sense of hierarchical order. Instead, Kohlmann's paintings show plants, animals and humans morphing into interchangeable entities and coexisting peacefully.
Emma Kohlmann’s paintings retrace the subconscious with symbolism drawn from flora, fauna, ancient statues, figurines and mythological narratives. She creates her deeply spiritual dreamscapes on burned wood frames and inhabits them with multi-headed trees, deeply-rooted plants, angels and wondrous animals with human faces. Kohlmann’s work does not employ traditional composition or naturalistic proportions, taking away any sense of hierarchical order—plants, animals and humans coexist peacefully as they morph into interchangeable entities.
Emma Kohlmann was born in the Bronx, New York in 1989.
She received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Solo exhibitions of Kohlmann’s work have taken place at: Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City; Nevven Gallery in Gothenburg, Sweden; Nationale in Portland, Oregon; V1 in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Kit Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
Group exhibitions that have shown Kohlmann’s work have taken place at: the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Oregon; MOCA in Tucson, Arizona; Stems in Brussels, Belgium; and Golestani in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Kohlmann lives and works in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
This painting depicts a blue flower-like character smiling as it emerges from a plant that looks like an artichoke. The composition is displayed in a burned wood frame carved with characters and designs, creating a completely integrated work.More
- Framed: 21.2 x 17.2 x 2.2 in.