IKONA

“Throughout my life, I’ve sought to understand who it is to be a Woman. What is the nature of our roles as a daughter, mother, partner, sibling and ultimately an individual? The root of feminine strength lives in us and is a birth right to all Women. I am on a journey to rediscover the source of a woman’s power, the Feminine Spirit. We’ve been graced with living in a time when many women have asserted their feminine selves and have inspired others through their actions. Yet more awareness still needs to be brought to the world about feminine solidarity, education and the positive effects it can have for girls and women today, and into the future. This sense of purpose drives the exploration and rendering of IKONA | Mirrored Interior; celebrating women who have inspired my life through their actions, attitudes and accomplishments. Some of these women I have known quite well and have participated in my evolution as a woman, and as an artist. Others have inspired me from afar, and yet all of them share something in common; they exercise their feminine vulnerability with courage and dignity. This internal mirroring is a phenomenon that I work to expand through my use of hand embroidery, digital drawing and traditional painting techniques, and digital photo compositing. I follow an intuitive process which seeks to combine shape and colour to develop textures that interpret the deep and intricate feminine qualities of each subject while honouring their unique personality.”

Samantha Louise Emery

October 3, 2018

 

IKONA exhibited in THE OTHER ART FAIR presented by SAATCHI ART in London 4-7 July 2019 which included IKONA being exhibited for 2 weeks in an Art Below poster inside London Regent’s Park Tube Station.

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IKONA exhibited in Art Below Chelsea at Old Brompton Gallery from May 7-11 along with exhibiting an IKONA poster inside London Pimlico Tube Station over a two week period.

 
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IKONA | Mirrored Interior held a solo exhibition at The Mediaworks in White City Place London celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

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A portion of all income from the work is donated to the Working Chance charity and the Malala Fund. Working Chance workingchance.org is the only recruitment consultancy for women leaving the criminal justice and care systems. The Malala Fund malala.org works to give all girls the chance to an education.


With her fiery spirit and innovative, individualistic approach to life, Laurie Anderson speaks to me. Her sense of balance, between feminine strength and gentle self awareness, shines an inner confidence. My appetite to learn through experimentation is mirrored through her.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

With her fiery spirit and innovative, individualistic approach to life, Laurie Anderson speaks to me. Her sense of balance, between feminine strength and gentle self awareness, shines an inner confidence. My appetite to learn through experimentation is mirrored through her.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Şadiye bursts with a nurturing spirit and deep connection to the earth. Her vegetable garden has fed my body and soul for years while her jubilance has opened my heart to the beauty and gifts of the Anatolian countryside. A sense of humour that counters the daily challenges of her rural life grows inside me like the olive trees in her grove.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

Şadiye bursts with a nurturing spirit and deep connection to the earth. Her vegetable garden has fed my body and soul for years while her jubilance has opened my heart to the beauty and gifts of the Anatolian countryside. A sense of humour that counters the daily challenges of her rural life grows inside me like the olive trees in her grove.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

I’ve always had a deeply sensitive and sensual connection to rhythm. In nurturing my feminine spirit towards a purposeful passion with rhythmical beats to inspire hearts, I found a soul mate. Angelique Kidjo’s playful musical sense of style and humour bounds with the fearlessness I feel through music and dance.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

I’ve always had a deeply sensitive and sensual connection to rhythm. In nurturing my feminine spirit towards a purposeful passion with rhythmical beats to inspire hearts, I found a soul mate. Angelique Kidjo’s playful musical sense of style and humour bounds with the fearlessness I feel through music and dance.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Fearless. Provocative. Comedic. Sensual.  Germaine Greer inspires my higher purpose. She makes the kind of difference that warrants my attention and respect. Her fearless voice brings strength to mine and to my feminine spirit that I carry with utmost responsibility towards all women.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

Fearless. Provocative. Comedic. Sensual.

Germaine Greer inspires my higher purpose. She makes the kind of difference that warrants my attention and respect. Her fearless voice brings strength to mine and to my feminine spirit that I carry with utmost responsibility towards all women.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

I have been fortunate to have known Alanis Obomsawin since childhood. This talented and important Canadian/American Abenaki artist and leader wields a mysterious femininity. Through her I find the hope to bring light into dark places and times of trouble. Her fiery and wild spirit nurtures my fearless feminine power.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

I have been fortunate to have known Alanis Obomsawin since childhood. This talented and important Canadian/American Abenaki artist and leader wields a mysterious femininity. Through her I find the hope to bring light into dark places and times of trouble. Her fiery and wild spirit nurtures my fearless feminine power.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

With an endless curiosity and attention to detail, this woman has crafted a life of her own design. Krystyne Griffin has supported and nurtured my emotional growth and artistic purpose throughout my life by leading through example. My appetite for adventure and spiritual awakening is surrounded by her confidence inside of me.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

With an endless curiosity and attention to detail, this woman has crafted a life of her own design. Krystyne Griffin has supported and nurtured my emotional growth and artistic purpose throughout my life by leading through example. My appetite for adventure and spiritual awakening is surrounded by her confidence inside of me.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Above all else, Caitlin Moran makes me smile. From the inside out. Her desire to bring laughter into the world channels my sense of self respect by being able to laugh at my own circumstances and daily struggles. Her strength of character and articulate nature sharpens my own wit and feminine intuition as I continue to grow and mature.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

Above all else, Caitlin Moran makes me smile. From the inside out. Her desire to bring laughter into the world channels my sense of self respect by being able to laugh at my own circumstances and daily struggles. Her strength of character and articulate nature sharpens my own wit and feminine intuition as I continue to grow and mature.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Self determined with a perseverance that changed the world. Ingenious and creative with her intelligence. Jane Goodall is a role model to many. In my heart, I strive to remain agile and physically fit, much like her and her chimp companions. And helping play my small yet important part in nurturing the natural world that surrounds us.    Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

Self determined with a perseverance that changed the world. Ingenious and creative with her intelligence. Jane Goodall is a role model to many. In my heart, I strive to remain agile and physically fit, much like her and her chimp companions. And helping play my small yet important part in nurturing the natural world that surrounds us.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Malala Yousafzai’s bold convictions mirror a self awareness in me that is still innocent and pure. It drives my passion to make a difference in the living world. Her mission for peace and education has amplified my intention to make art with the purpose to affect change.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

Malala Yousafzai’s bold convictions mirror a self awareness in me that is still innocent and pure. It drives my passion to make a difference in the living world. Her mission for peace and education has amplified my intention to make art with the purpose to affect change.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

I am Lucy. A nickname my father gave me as an alter ego to Samantha. Lucy emerges out of old skin. She is bold and courageous. She is open to vulnerability. She is soft and strong. She is born out of Love. And this Love she gives to all she meets.   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.   120cm x 170cm

I am Lucy. A nickname my father gave me as an alter ego to Samantha. Lucy emerges out of old skin. She is bold and courageous. She is open to vulnerability. She is soft and strong. She is born out of Love. And this Love she gives to all she meets.

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm