Artist of the Month – Emma Vo
Emma Vo is painting a new path to success with her vibrant, colorful and abstract works of art. Following a long line of artists in her family Emma has replaced her camera and photography sessions with canvas and furniture paint to create “fluid paintings”. She began her creative career back in highschool where she studied photography, but after living abroad for several years in London and Spain, her life did a 180 and she found herself back in Sweden. This is when she decided being behind the lens wasn’t her thing anymore and decided to paint instead. Now, three years later, she is creating fluid art in her kitchen while working part-time at a photo and framing shop. Here are some links to her Facebook, Instagram and website.
How did you develop your style as an artist?
I wanted to be a photographer at first, so I studied photography in high school and in London. I started with landscape photography and then I moved on to a bit of fashion, a lot of music and live bands and stuff. But when I studied in London I ended up doing more abstract art photography. I began to manipulate images of the body in Photoshop and stuff like that. That was probably when the obsession for the abstract formed.
Can you tell us a little bit more about this style of art?
This is called fluid painting. It’s not a very common form of art here in Sweden, I actually haven’t met that many who do it here. I think it’s more common in Australia and America. Personally I use enamel furniture paint, it’s the easiest to get here in Sweden, but basically you just pour the paint and mix them together on the canvas. It sounds easy but it’s not!
What is art to you and how is it important to you?
It started as a sort of selfish thing for me, just releasing emotions. Now, I want to create emotion for people. I really like it when people look at my art and feel something, or when they find certain things in my work, such as faces, animals etc. It’s not me trying to send a message, or be political or anything like that. I do put a lot of emotion in to my art and I know what and how I felt when I painted the piece, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same for someone else.
Are there any artists out there who inspire you?
Yeah well with photography it was a photographer called Guy Bourdin. He takes really cool fashion-art photographs using a lot of weird angles with legs and the body. I think that’s how I really starting getting obsessed with the abstract. When it comes to my paintings I look at a few people on Instagram every now and then but I get more inspiration from myself and my emotions and also nature such as satellite images, movements in water and so on. Two of my favorite artists are Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali. I don’t take a lot of inspiration from them though, maybe some from Dali with his fluid flow.