Ema founded Platform 1 Gallery in 2005, the space was co-founded as a community art studio in 1998 with a group of local art students from Elliott School in Putney.
An exciting programme in 2018 marked a 20 year anniversary of Platform 1 Gallery, collaborations with Susan Merrick, Desparate Artwives (DAW), Intoon Dance and dialogues with the Museum of the Mind and Nightingale House. The collaboration with Intoon dance from WAF2018 ‘Please select City’ is currently a guest at Schenzen Fringe in China Nov’18.
Ema is currently on a Masters in Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School inquiring gesture in art (top right image). Ema Mano Epps graduated as an Art Director from Central St Martins, UAL in 2001. Her eye for detail won her a collaboration with Tate Modern, 2006-2009. 'Unofficial deposited records', a celebration project of the Borough area. Ema's photographic wrap was installed around the now, new Tate Modern wing. Her photography was also featured by Kodak with CSM world tour in 2001.
In respect of the appointment of the first woman director at Tate Modern, Ema collaborated in a live group Take Over, held at the front of the Gallery, endorsed by the Guerilla Girls, August 2017. Ema took part in the Colour Walk held at the V&A honouring Freda Kahlo’s courage and impact in culture and the arts, June 24th 2018.
The artist was featured in the 'Old New' installation at the Design Museum opening exhibition, a piece by 'Special Projects' - Shoreditch studio in November 2016. In 2017 Ema was interviewed by Humans of London, founder Cathy Teesdale.
For the WAF 2018 Art Festival Ema organised a dance and installation 'station occupation' with LAMDA group of dancers lead by Kuan Yu Chen of Intoon Dance. The set up involved dancers simultaneously in motion on train platforms whilst live links dialogues with dancers across the world connected cities; NY, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin...
The WAF 2016 - Fringe show, Ema curated an immersive three part programme inclusive of free public workshops, performances, sculpture, painting, art therapy and talks. Guest artists included upcoming Italian artist Norman Mine of Goldsmiths and established Zurich based performer Verica Kovachevska.
Ema's creative thinking landed her a partnership in an innovative robotic technology start up RoboFold, which merged Avant Garde Architecture, Art and Design with metal folding. She co-organised Shape to Fabrication in 2014 celebrating the makers and Ideas behind London Olympics and in 2012 assisted in managing, design and build of the Zaha Hadid Architects collaboration for Venice biennale's centre-piece 'Arum'.
Ema is a multidisciplinary artist currently producing a new body of work at City and Guilds of London Art School. The series of works explore emotion, space and relationship between the subconscious and the physical. (left images & text)
Ema Mano Epps's works offer access to a deeper dimension of existence and evolution of consciousness through the dynamics of gesture, colour and texture tactility. The process led artist is aided by transcendental meditation to intuitively express the subconscious. Layered textures on industrial metal, thus creating mind-scapes with wabi-sabi feel. Her research is predominantly on the D.O.S.E. (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphin) balance in the human brain, how we perceive reality and experience informed by the field of neuroscience.
Ema's artworks demonstrate the importance of our inner child's exploration needs and intuition, advocating the importance of mental wellbeing. Her collaborative mentoring style embraces social experiments and performance projects that set a new experience for both the audience and the artist/s, an act stimulating the D.O.S.E.
For a studio book a visit at Platform1Gallery on Wandsworth Common Station in SW London. Annual performances take place at the Cave in Pimlico or with DAW at Leyden Gallery E1 . Ema was shortlisted for the FiliA2018 Art award as an emerging female artist of the year.