Emily Gernild’s painting practice often focuses on the everyday things, we surround ourselves with in the home. These objects appear in glimpses in her compositions, serving as the key to bringing us deeper into the paintings. Fabulation is constant in her work, which vividly encourages you to continue looking. Gernild’s ability to combine the familiar with the abstract while also achieving a compositional balance is something special. The viewer is invited on a voyage of discovery inside the work, precisely be-cause – in spite of the sheer saturation of content – it ends with a compositional bal-ance. The objects in Gernild’s works are often everyday and simple. Sometimes you can discern a classic still life, but your gaze shifts immediately into the uncontrollable space. She often returns to a familiar shape and uses it as the starting point for a new narrative, thereby giving the viewer the chance to interpret the shape as something different from the form it took in the original object. The organic is repeated in Emily Gernild’s works, both in the objects she bases them on and in the shapes that sur-round these objects.
Emily Gernild is also fascinated by the body and its various parts, often painted with a single line to indicate the shape of the body, head, torso or arm. The works are in vari-ous muted colour palettes. As an artist, Gernild is interested in dreams and shadow emotions such as anger, envy, grief, etc. and how the energy that is generated by these emotional states can act as a stimulus. Gernild’s set of motifs acts like an internal landscape that is built up from just a few figurative elements. The raw, unprimed can-vas is often used actively as part of the composition. It is clear that the rabbit-skin glue technique, which Gernild learned during her studies in Düsseldorf, have had a huge influence on her current work.