Emma Prill (Bachelor of Visual Arts) is living in Tauranga, New Zealand. She exhibits on a national and international scale. Emma paints, creates forms from canvas, assembling compositions to encompass vibrant colours and multi-textural forms.
Emma's work is influenced from her travels. Weaving memories and imagery from flower markets in India, Frangipani trees in the jungle of Sri Lanka and tropical gardens and reefs in Fiji. She also gathers inspiration from the breath-taking beauty of the natural world that surrounds her in New Zealand.
“I stumbled across the flower markets in Madras, Southern India, where the dusty winding alleyways were lined with mountains of flowers. Thousands of orange marigolds and lotus flowers floated in large vessels, glowing like the sunrise. Women wove between each other, choosing flowers for festivals, weddings, births and deaths. The rustling of silk saris moved like a richly coloured painting in motion.”
The floral language has been welcomed throughout many eras and cultures. Emma is interested in this rich history and explores the symbolism and connection to flowers and how hidden meanings reside in their presence.
"We plan, we nurture, we grow and we give different flowers for different moments in time, but all for the same purpose; to say that which cannot be said, and to say it with beauty and with grace."
"Some of my greatest joys in life come from the visual and physical experiences in nature. The way the sunshine caresses the hill tops or the trees frame an ocean peep. My flower garden artworks represent an ideal view. A window into a garden that will always be flourishing, a place to escape and rejuvenate in."