Emily Hayland

Imaginary Landscape I

Imaginary Landscape II

Imaginary Landscape III Triptych

Triptych 2

Imaginary Landscape I

Imaginary Landscape II

Imaginary Landscape III Triptych

Triptych 2

Imaginary Landscapes

BIO

My practice is a continuous exploration and personal interpretation of ‘the otherworldly’. Similarly to the Neo-Romanticists and traditional Chinese landscape painting, I use imagination to transform our natural landscape into non-existent and unfamiliar places from the world of fantasy. An observational and intuitive approach informs the creation of these worlds by balancing representation and abstraction. I work between planning, memory and the imagination through drawing, photo editing and painting. Various conventions of the fantasy genre have been utilised in my painting style such as luminosity and exaggerated altered colours. The typical iconography of woodlands and forests feature as they were often the background and source of fairy tales. They particularly inspire thoughts of magic and unworldly creatures from their mysteriousness and beauty. The landscapes of Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods have been the inspiration for this body of work.

I engage with the materiality of paint by exploring passages of paint, depth, movement and mark making. Using oils that have been diluted with turpentine achieves lightness, softness and transparency through layering and a watery texture of the paint. Turpentine also helps create a range of mark making to resemble organic forms through its dendritic qualities. The unpredictable marks conjure up ambiguous imagery of cloud, foilage, roots, water etc by combining them with the make-believe landscapes.

Find out more - Fine Art BA (Hons)