Cantata BWV 140
This painting employs dark grays and blues to depict an hourglass labyrinth inhabited by ghostly figures. The title of the work is a reference to J.S. Bach’s musical composition Sleepers Awake.
Emma Pryde transforms compositions from late Gothic or early Renaissance Italian paintings to create works that feature new allegories and mythologies. The artist employs a limited color palette alongside traditional techniques. Pryde's emotionally resonant paintings depict scenes that simultaneously explore aspects of innocence, childhood and femininity with corruption, spoiling and desolation—asking viewers to question the supposed tension between these traditionally opposing influences.
Emma Pryde’s paintings create new allegories and mythologies by transforming late Gothic and early Renaissance Italian artworks. Employing a limited color palette along with traditional techniques, the artist heightens the emotions implicit in the subject of the historical compositions she borrows from. Pryde’s work explores innocence, childhood and femininity, as well as corruption, spoiling and desolation—forcing viewers to reconcile these opposing tensions in each scene she paints.