El Chorro, is a rare, early woodcut, hand printed onto Japanese paper. When Stibbon was faced with this 300m gorge in Andalucia, Spain, she set about creating a monumental work that towers over the viewer. The light and detail in this print are mesmerising.
Stibbon is fortunate to have witnessed the grandeur of both the Arctic and Antarctic. Through these expeditions she explores the extraordinary beauty and drama of these extreme locations. In Ice Floe, Antarctica, 2020 she also pays homage to the world’s largest ice sheets and glaciers.
AUDIO LINK Emma Stibbon talking from her studio about the making of her monumental woodcut 'El Chorro' and recent prints made in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Emma Stibbon depicts landscapes and environments undergoing dynamic change. Often working in collaboration with scientists, Stibbon researches, explores and encounters her subjects on expeditions to remote geographical regions and in urban areas, enticed by monuments to human endeavour.
In her drawings and prints there is a tensile loading to her use of materials, where each mark she draws with a brush or a pencil harnesses the forces of natural and man-made worlds. Her graphic gestures are a tactile response of place: the ash of a volcano mingles with ink on the paper or is pitted into the surface of a printing plate.
Stibbon’s work is held in international collections including UK: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; University of Chichester Collection; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, New Hall Art Collection & Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne, New Art Gallery, Walsall. USA: San Diego University Collection, Germany: Céline & Heiner Bastian, Potsdam Museum, Berlin; Stadtmuseum, Berlin.
Born in 1962 in Münster, Germany. Emma Stibbon became an elected Royal Academician (RA) in 2013.