Ema is always on the search for new mediums through which she can bring the characters of her imagination to life. It was during one such sojourn to India last year that Ema stumbled upon the enchanting city of Udaipur. She was so taken by the charm of the ‘City of Lakes’ that Ema returned for a 2 month residence in December and January this year. In the first weeks of her stay she created the Fluro/Neon coloured ‘Love Series’, experimenting with the contrast of bright pink and black paint on traditional Indian Handmade Paper with their Gouache paints. As the guest of local Rajasthani artist, Rajesh Soni, Ema exhibited her work at his Gallery One. The local response to her collection was phenomenal, as was the interest in her clothing apparel and ceramics. In an uncanny coincidence a kiwi woman from Queenstown recognised Ema’s work and also has a few of her pieces. (Udaipur is like the Queenstown of India) It seems that even across the world, there is always a touch of Frost!
So what’s next for Ema now that she is back in Aotearoa? Well, she is busy collating her Indian experience into a new collection inspired by the sites, smells, colours and tastes of Udaipur. Along with her solo work, and a very exciting collaboration with Flox, Cathy Pope and Sacha Stejko later in the year up in India again, and a possible collaboration with New York based Jewellery designer, Rosena Sammi, is also in the pipeline.