Emma Bernhard


There is strong symbolism embedded in Emma Bernhard’s series of work with the descriptive title ”Failed Geometry.” The strikingly large blocks of paint in imperfect geometrical shapes, created by a mixture of oil and acrylic, often contain both matte and glossy parts a a result of this admixture. The metaphorical nature of these brushstrokes allude to ideas on heredity and environment, dependency and society, drawing much on Foucault’s thoughts on the matter as well as recent findings in the field of human evolutionary biology.

This symbolism of the details is what sets Emma Bernhard’s work apart from the tradition of concrete art and the non-representative philosophy associated with it, resulting in works with a depth and a wealth of association that are truly groundbreaking.