Melding together the Polynesian influence founded in her urban Auckland upbringing, a passionate love of the glass medium and an interest in domestic handicrafts such as crochet, weaving, knitting, and sewing, Siddell weaves, casts and incises, ceramic, wire and glass to create enchanting flora and fauna works of delicate beauty. Emily Siddell draws inspiration from her sub tropical garden.
Emily speaks of how she loves collecting cuttings and seedlings from family and friends, planting them and watching them multiply, spreading out to fill spaces with their intricate patterns.
"I have always had a desire to collect and assemble similar objects, fascinated by the patterns and shapes these objects create in unity, the relationship of objects to each other and the stories they tell about our lives, the memento of a time or place or person."
Siddell's works also explore the properties of glass, "Over the past ten years I have engaged with the liquid qualities of glass. I have focused on producing works that capture the seemingly spontaneous moment of movement in the glass working process. I am interested in the light refracting aspect of this luscious material. Parallel to this exploration of glass I have gathered an understanding of many different traditional handcrafts. I have woven these threads together in much of my work."
Her latest work, the Flock Series, she articulates, "are a part of an ongoing series of work inspired by and celebrating the amazing handcrafts and stunning environment of Aoteoaroa. I was intrigued by how the repetition of shape and form found in nature has been mimicked so much by people."
Emily Siddell's works features in The Dowse, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.
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