Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Emma Elizabeth Tillman

At home in the Hollywood Hills, May 2016 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Emma Elizabeth Tillman’s photographic work creates a world which comfortably embraces both mystery and intimacy with fervent affection. It is often the result of enigmatic subconscious musings surrounding elements of darkness and the intrinsic value of things unknown. The muted colors and personal subject matter present real emotion with an otherworldly beauty as she captures moments in life and in love with unashamed rawness.

In the bath at the Chiltern Firehouse, February 2016 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Big Sur on my Wedding Day, 2013 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Tuscany, Italy, November 2015 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Tuscany, Italy, November 2015 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Somewhere in Germany, 2012, © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles, May 2016 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles, May 2012 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Aside from aesthetic dreaminess, Tillman’s work is very much a record of growth, closeness and pure, unadulterated love. Her husband Josh, musician Father John Misty, is regularly central to her work, whether as the subject or as an indirect inspiration; they are often each other’s muse. She began taking photos of their life together early in their relationship, a reaction to a feeling that a record of her time with him was nothing short of compulsory, if not utterly essential. This record, a way to preserve time and, equally, a way to relive it, shapes her dreamy body of work. In this way, she reveals her innate ability to create a new world, both beaming and solemn, by fondly documenting her real one.

My Father’s Bedroom, 2015 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Père Lachaise Cemetery the day after the election, Paris, November 2016

The Joshua Tree Inn, December 2011, © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

At home in New Orleans, March 2015, © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

At home in New Orleans, March 2015, © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

An upcoming solo exhibition features over 90 collages comprising of photos of her life with Josh, writings from her travels and self-portraits which explore her own sensuality, ideas of romance, and expressions of beauty. The way in which she presents her memories is tender and inviting, gracefully revealing themselves to her audience.

p.37 Kingman, 2008 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

p.110 Iceland, 2010 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

p.110 Iceland, 2010 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

p.50 Joshua Tree, 2011 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

Tillman’s debut solo exhibition Disco Ball Soul will be open at Gallery 46 in Whitechapel, London from 11 August through 30 August.

Louisville, Kentucky, 2012 © Emma Elizabeth Tillman, by courtesy of the artist

11 – 30 August 2017
Gallery 46, London
46 Ashfield Street, London, E1 2AJ (Tue-Sat, 12 – 6pm)
gallery46.co.uk

 

words SARAH CARTER

 

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