By Chris Illich
Mere months after completing her degree in Studio Arts at Brock University, St. Catharines artist Emma Lee Fleury, will be hosting a collection of her works titled Nooks, at the Niagara Artists Centre – the opening of which will be held on July 8.
The aesthetics behind her work blends ideas of imaginary dreams and The Earth’s landscapes through a variety of different mediums.
“My work is really about realizing all these crazy things that are happening in the World, and about really trying to be in tune with the idea that humans have to be in harmony with nature in order to continue to thrive,” she explained.
“What we’re doing with our landscapes and their inhabitants is just crazy. We put ourselves far, far above it, and we’re going to put ourselves into extinction because of that.”
This connection with nature and landscapes are what drive Fleury to create her work – she doesn’t create work to make money, she creates it with purpose. In fact, this show will be her last with her pieces for sale.
“This is going to be the last time I set up my work. It will be the last time I put pieces on the wall with titles for people to buy,” she explained.
“That’s not my intention […] In the future I’ll be doing recycled sculptures and installations pieces, hopefully while working with other environmentalists.”
“I love sharing my art. Art is a universal language. It’s a way to connect with people and it can speak beyond what I could say to somebody.
“You really don’t want to share anything if you don’t have a reason to,” she said. “You have to have a purpose in creating artwork. I’m not making art to show off technique or skill, I make art to use style and genre as a method of conversation, not the content.”