Originally featuring on Venture as part of The Hub Presents profiles, the editorial team have decided to republish this interview as a standalone article. You can find our other Venture Projects here.
Looking deeper into the Art of Emma Ferreira.
Venture: Tell me a bit about yourself, how did art become your passion?
Emma: I was conscious of art and painting when I was quite young, the first thing I painted was the queen in year 4 for school I think… or something along those lines.
Emma: That’s when I realised I found something I actually liked – but it wasn’t a passion until about two years ago when I didn’t have parents pushing an “academic” agenda on me. Once I left education and my parents home, I had more confidence and space to be myself and create which is the only thing that keeps me going now.
Venture: Do you think those experiences have contributed to your style of art?
Emma: Without a doubt, that is what contributed to my style entirely. My style came out of frustration and conflict with my parents and their treatment of those with mental health issues in my family- severe mental health issues were sort of the elephant in the room when I was growing up, something inevitable for us gene wise and thus something to fear. My method of painting is reactionary to situations and a lot of the time it’s a way of lashing out, but lashing out in a way that doesn’t harm anyone.
Emma: My style looks aggressive because it IS aggressive, it’s my way of defending myself to those I feel attacked by.
Venture: Is art as much of a therapy for you as it is a passion then?
Emma: Yes, I think art and the potential it holds to make you feel worth while and real and as though you (as the artist) have a platform in which you can express yourself is a sort of therapy. I think it’s my way of self medicating therapy when people choose to put their inner conflicts on a canvas, or whatever it may be, instead of projecting that pain (that may motivate their art) outwardly, if that makes sense?
Venture: Absolutely, I think anyone that is a creative being in some way could relate to that.
Emma: It stops you going mad with internal chaos sometimes, For sure man, not just painting but every creative be it a dancer, a poet, a singer or what have you yknow. We’ve all got something we want to get out of us.
Venture: Aside from your art, you’ve also modeled in some very powerful photos, you’re fearless in posing nude in some of these pictures, can you talk me through your mindset when you first posed nude?
Emma: Haha I could talk about this endlessly- I first posed nude when a lover of mine, who was a photographer, took some candid shots of me when I happened to be naked when I woke up in the morning.
Emma: There was a purity (without sounding as though there is any elitism in non sexualised nudes or holiness about it, it just felt pure since this was a person who loved me and had no other motive other than to document sacred moments) to the photographs, and I had never seen myself fully naked from the outside before, I’d never seen myself through anyone’s eyes but my own before I saw those pictures of me.
Emma: I fell in love with myself then as I was reminded that just because I’m a woman that does not mean I have to be ashamed of my anatomy or my own appreciation of my body- and yes I mention being a woman because, still to this day, women are reminded they can typically fit into two categories whilst nude and that’s the Virgin or the whore, when really there need be no connotations of any sort attached to posing or just existing nude
Venture: That’s a really powerful message to convey, what do you hope to accomplish in your life through your art?
Emma: That’s a huge question that I don’t think I will find one absolute answer to and if I did it would constantly change with what I experience and what I feel about the world I think. Without sounding too honest or morbid, what I want to accomplish in my life sooner rather than later for my sake, is a lust for life in itself- I don’t know, a desire to keep afloat and not to sink under the weight of just existing to be frank.
Venture: Lastly Emma, What can people expect to see from you at The Hub?
Emma: A very shy and uncomfortable human haha. I’ve changed my style recently, it’s more minimal and monotone instead of trying to convey a moulding colour theme in my previous work.
Venture: We can’t wait to see it, thank you Emma.
Disclaimer: Facebook and Google are sadly archaic in their stance on female nudity. For some odd reason these companies view female nipples as sexualised genitalia equal to that of porn, whereas male nipples are okay? It is with sincere upset we are forced to blur out the beautiful Emma Ferreira in all her glory. #Freethenipple.