Muteness

2006

In the video Muteness, the viewer witnesses a slow process of unbecoming, as the letters of the alphabet melt and disintegrate before one’s eyes with the intervention of water. The ebbing away of the form and the resulting abstract image are compelling viewing. The tenuous relationship between chaos and order is evident here, as the work acknowledges our psyche’s constant unravelling in today’s world (extract from Kathy Battista text).

Draw 2014 Symposium and Exhibition

Meltingme

2005

This is a time-based installation. Each day, frozen ink is cast into letters, the given material slowly being replaced by a trace of the communication with the negative of the letters that forms on the floor, pointing to what was once fleetingly there (from Lisa Le Feuvre text).
Frozen ink melts the letters m and e onto a scroll of paper, eerily painting a portrait of itself in action; a powerful example of time-based work which has immediacy and honesty. The viewer can return to discover a new, changing relationship as the piece evolves (from GX Jacques review).

 

Sea container

2005

The work is the cast of the negative space of the container that has been used for the transfer of black ink into water shown in the video Stillness. The two pieces of work exist both together as one installation, and independently.

Clock

2005

A site-specific installation for Benjamin Franklin House, London.  Intervention with chalk on a functioning clock.

Not I aquarium

2005

 Not I cutouts in perspex are filled with ink and water and left to gradually dry out.

Stage plan drawings

2014

Approaching the empty page of a black hand-bound book as a stage, Stage plan drawings reproduces in the form of graphic drawings, developed from choreographic Banesh notations, dancers’ patterns and formations for Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and for Britten’s Young Apollo. The viewer is invited to browse the book whilst listening to the recorded sound of dancers ‘steps on stage. An interplay between public and private spaces is at play in the display of the work: from the public moment of a performance to the singular act of reception of the viewer in the gallery space, back to the public as an online digital format for the book; here the singularity of reception is preserved via the one to one encounter of the work on the computer screen.

Stage plans is an artist book (hand-bound book courtesy of Denise Hawrysio) and sound installation, originally conceived for Book Act a project by AMBruno for the exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds, it was shown with Graphic Traces installation for acts/reacts 2014 at Wimbledon Space.

Stage Plans digital version

365 glasses

2004

The installation 365 glasses is composed of 365 casted wax glasses with a hollow stem filled with coloured inks, orderly lined up on the gallery floor, the initial set up is disrupted throughout the duration of exhibition by spillages of ink on the floor. The malleable material, affected by the change in temperature of the gallery, set the work in motion. 365 glasses is the first of Emanuele’s sculpture where it is the material that becomes performative as the stems gradually melting poured out the liquid.

Photocopier & spinning tops

2002

A photocopier, spinning tops and A 4 paper are the materials for this installation. Ideas of balance and perpetual motion are expressed through repetition and accumulation. Repeatedly recording with a photocopier the fleeting movement of balance of a spinning top whilst it spins, indexical marks of the balancing movements. Photocopier & spinning tops invited the viewers to become active participants of the work making photocopies themselves. A playful interplay between differing modes of perception of the work: participation and conceptual understanding.

Emanuele has recently revisited this work and is currently in the process of producing an artist book with the drawings, offering permanence to a fleeting moment.

Light bulbs

2005

With a simple shift of context and material in this sculpture the functionality of an everyday object is subverted; Light bulbs filled with water and pigment resemble grenades, evoking ideas of spillage and explosions without actually suggesting a narrative.

Seawater/NaCL

2014

Salt and water have a mesmeric quality intimate connected with life and death and the creation of meaning. In Seawater/NaCL micro and macro are seen as one, looking into the micro revels the macro and vice versa. The installation included NACL Studies a video shot with an optical microscope that records the process of formation of salt’ crystals from chloride atoms and Seawater, which shows images of the horizon digitally manipulated to expose the editing process, perhaps a futile attempt at counting infinity.

Seawater/NaCL was a project commissioned for Coastal Current Arts Festival in Hastings; it was shown in the exhibition Space Interrupted curated by Clare Sheppeard at Electro Project Space, St Leonard on Sea in 2014.