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, a mother, a wife, a 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 there still is much more awareness to be brought to the world about Feminine solidarity, education and the positive effects it can have for girls and women today, and for the future. This sense of purpose drives the exploration and rendering of IKONA | Mirrored Interior; celebrating women that 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 bold vulnerability with courage and dignity. This internal mirroring is a phenomenon that I work to expand through my use of embroidery, digital and traditional painting techniques and photography. I follow an intuitive process and seek to combine colour and shape to develop textures that interpret these Feminine qualities while honouring the unique personality of each subject.”

Samantha Louise Emery

October 3, 2018

A portion of all sales are being donated to workingchance.org UK’s only recruitment consultancy for women leaving the criminal justice and care systems.

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 shine 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 shine 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 olives 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 olives in her grove.

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

120cm x 170cm

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

I’ve always had a deep, sensitive connection to rhythm. By nurturing my feminine spirit towards a purposeful passion to inspire hearts I found a soul mate. Angelique Kidjo’s playful sense of humour bounds with the fearlessness I feel through her 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. When I go out into the night, or to a professional meeting, I carry her strength. Through her I make a difference.   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. When I go out into the night, or to a professional meeting, I carry her strength. Through her I make a difference.

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

120cm x 170cm

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

I’ve been fortunate to know Alanis Obomsawin my entire life. This talented and important American/Canadian Abenaki artist and leader wields a mysterious femininity. Through her I find the hope to bring light into dark places and times. Her fiery, wild spirit nurtures my 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 through leading by example. My appetite for adventure 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 through leading by example. My appetite for adventure 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 as I walk through our world.   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 as I walk through our world.

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 in the great outdoors. As much like her and her chimp companions.   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 in the great outdoors. As much like her and her chimp companions.

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, yet 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, yet 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