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BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET ASSISTED TRAVEL LOUNGE
Contemporary artist Emma Safe translates life, light and music into visual form. Her work has been exhibited widely including with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, London’s ArtGeminiPrize and most recently Italian Galleria Farini’s Espozione Internazionale in Paris.
“Setting up my easel on the street, at the railway station, at musical events – wherever life is at its most vital and intense – I absorb the rhythm of place and respond to situations physically. I work intuitively, negotiating a route between my own psychology and the moving situation around me, always trying to move forward, to exploit chance and highlight the possible.
My aim is to create works which connect profoundly and positively on a very human, personal level. Drawing at its simplest: just charcoal on paper, has the potential to communicate very powerfully, perhaps precisely because of its simplicity, its physical immediacy and its (my) imperfections – its inherent humanity.
At the heart of the UK rail network, serving a city of great energy and diversity, Birmingham New Street seems to me to be at the centre of things in every sense. When flooded with light it is a vast, uplifting, cathedral-like space, a grand piazza through which all of life passes.
I hope something of this feeling is encapsulated in my recent drawings, Heartbeat, The Tenth Hour and Peak, all drawn directly from life on the concourse at New Street, reproduced for New Street as Limited Edition Prints and donated with my heartfelt thanks to all station staff and passengers for being so incredibly welcoming and positive toward me.”
Link to Network Rail's Tweet about my works here (@NetworkRailBHM)
For further information, please visit: www.emmasafe.com
PHOTO: NETWORK RAIL
PHOTOS: Elle de Burgh and Bill Savage
Selected hi-res images available on request.