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Emma Francis Sideshow

Work by Emma Francis
Work by Emma Francis
Work by Emma Francis
Work by Emma Francis

I have explored an expressionist form of portraiture in a non-conventional medium to represent how the influence of the subconscious governs our individual perspectives. For my body of work I followed impulse and instinct, rather than predetermined design. Doing this allowed me to create characters whose features, expressions and personalities were determined by my own subconscious desires. For each viewer, each face will hold a different meaning, disposition and temperament. My intent was to demonstrate and critique the power of our own subconscious and pre-existing dispositions, beliefs and values in creating bias when confronted with ‘the new’ and ‘the different’.

Influencing artists:
Takashi Murakami
Grayson Perry


Willoughby Girls High School



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