WORDS: Poppy Elswood
Emily Barlett’s beyond whimsical abstract paintings are only on the walls of the Baltic Triangle art and event space Constellations until 5th July, but it feels as though they should be part of the art space’s permanent interior, writes Private Life’s editor..
Combining pops of bright colour (pink and yellow shades are often favoured) with streaks of dark, Barlett’s work looks completely at home on the white brick and bold coloured walls at the quirky city venue.
Over a proper G&T or local Love Lane pale ale, punters are encouraged to take a seat and ponder the story behind the 40-odd paintings on display.
Whatever you see – some say birds in the wilderness, others make out faces, there have even been suggestions of sexual encounters – it is certain each response will be unique. That is the magic of the Dorset-cum-Liverpool painter’s work, really.
Indeed, Barlett claims her creative process is not fixed. Inspiration, she says, could be drawn from anything – seemingly insignificant happenings of the day, memories of the six years she spent living and working in Italy as an English teacher, past relationships, current ones. Often, late into the night, at her Toxteth-based home studio.
“I dress the blank canvas with shapes and colours until I get a sense that they are balanced – when they are, I just know,” the artist says.
“I would like to sincerely thank the owners and all the staff of Constellations for being more than helpful in installing the exhibition and giving me the opportunity to expose my art to a wider Liverpool audience. This is a truly great art space for the city’s up-and-coming artistic voices.”
An Exhibition of Collected Works By Emily Barlett will be displayed in Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street L1 0BS, until 5th July, entry is free.
All works are for sale. Sizes and price points vary – starting at very reasonable £30.
As for Bartlett, Private Life is optimistic that this exhibition will not be the last Liverpool hears of the promising young artist.
In the meantime, art and culture lovers are encouraged to keep an eye on Constellation’s Facebook page for more curated exhibitions and cultural events planned soon, including plenty for local artists to get involved with.
Photography: Private Life