EMILY FORGOT: AESTHETIC KINSHIP
Emily Forgot is a London based designer whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses art, design, & illustration for a diverse range of international clients. For SHOWFIELDS, Emily selected works that resonate as a cohesive collection due to an aesthetic kinship in their graphic nature or because they contrast her own personal work in their free forms, mark-making and texture.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice:
I began my working life as a graphic artist, working between the disciplines of graphic design and illustration. As my career progressed I began to cultivate an artistic practice that unites my many creative passions. I now create work for stylists and interior architects in addition to my own personal projects. I also run a blog called “Muse and Maker” where I share curated interior objects and spaces, mainly 20th-century design finds but also the work of contemporary furniture makers and designers.
What are your parameters for artist selection?
For my curation with SHOWFIELDS I wanted to have a selection of work in different mediums, in terms of style, it was really an intuitive selection of work that resonated with my personal experience.
What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?
Artists response during particular moments in history is an extremely personal and individual choice depending on their artistic practice.
I personally feel that it's a good time to make statements in your work and raise issues that need highlighting if that feels right for you and your practice. However, if you are like me, and your work doesn't lean in a heavily conceptual way, there are ways of still contributing and making a difference.
For example, a portion of the sale price from my latest print editions went to support the NHS. The prints don't make political statements but as a creator with a conscience and an awareness of the gravity of the current situation, I wanted to contribute in a way that I felt my practice allowed. I suppose my own work is more about escapism than it is about making any kind of commentary...but perhaps that is a commentary in itself.
Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?
For SHOWFIELDS, I selected works that resonate as a cohesive collection due to an aesthetic kinship in their graphic nature or because they contrast my own personal work in their free forms, mark making and texture. Many of the chosen works go beyond the 2D into the 3D spaces - another one of my personal passions.
What is your advice for art lovers and appreciators looking to start their own art collections?
Go with your instinct and intuition. If you're looking for inspiration follow smaller online galleries and shops as they will always have a keen curator at the helm doing the hard work for you. I think it is nice to have a mix of posters, prints and original pieces. I love collections that mix contemporary work with vintage pieces you might find at car boot sales or in antique shops. They don't need to all have aesthetic similarities or be the same medium. Their common thread will be that you love them.