The Potential to Inform a Blank Space with Beauty is a book that seeks to explore the individual and unique practices behind the wonderful paintings that artists’ produce, and thus ventures behind the scenes and into the studios of the artists. Studios are purely individual spaces—a rented building, spare room in a home, or a small desk in the corner. Filled with knickknacks and personal items they tell a story about who that artist is and what informs their practice.
As a painter herself, Emily’s practice has been influenced by various significant people in her life. Contacting the painters that she knows, an exploration of different artists’ studios turned into loving reunions with close friends and intimate conversations about being nonprofessional artists in the year 2020.
The resulting book takes you on a journey through three different artists’ spaces, separated by warmly coloured Japanese paper. Alongside close-up photos of objects within the studios are recounts of the meetings and interviews, interjected with footnotes featuring clever comments and personal anecdotes by Emily. The end of each section features a full bleed image of the artist’s studio, but never once does it show the artist or close ups of their work. So much goes into paintings that are unseen, and this book aims to highlight these hidden aspects.