“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 so 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 been graced to know 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 soft vulnerability with courage and dignity. This internal mirroring is a phenomenon that I work to expand through the use of hand embroidery, digital drawing, traditional painting techniques and digital photo compositing. I follow an intuitive process and seek to combine shape and colour 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 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.