Emma Webster in ARTSPACE for UNTITLED 2019

"Highlights from UNTITLED, Art Miami Beach 2019," by Loney Abrams

Dec. 3, 2019

Our presentation of paintings by Emma Webster at UNTITLED, ART. Miami Beach is featured in Artspace Magsazine's Top 5 booths.


"Perhaps the best discovery to be had at Untitled is the work of Emma Webster, a young artist who recently graduated from Yale’s MFA program. Her fresh take builds on the long history of landscape painting, from the French Realists to the Surrealists to the great painters of the American west, recalibrating the tradition to fit our contemporary landscape: a climate in crisis. For Webster, climate change and has eroded our notion of nature as paradise. Thus, her paintings read like strange stage sets, amalgamated scenarios that are clearly fictional, driving home the point that the idyllic landscape that inspired the painters of yore are now fictitious too. The artist does paint from life, but her references aren't natural; instead Webster creates dioramas in her studio, sculpting animal figurines before rendering them in her scenes. Spanning 13 feet acrossIdyllic is by far the largest of the paintings on view at the fair. Other, smaller works, like Last Horse... depicts a distorted sculpted horse, glistening red before a smoldering forest fire..."