“With my paintings I do not wish to present the viewer with a realistic interpretation of the flower. In fact, I have never created a painting from life. These floral landscapes are created in my mind. By blending colours and patterns into dreamlike images, my goal is to convey the impressions which flowers and nature leave behind in our memories. In creating these paintings I hope to evoke the same joy in the viewer that our experiences with flowers have brought to our lives.”
Emily Filler’s paintings walk the line between the real and the imaginary. There is a sense of the familiar but also the feeling that you are falling into a dream – flowers act as a departure point to a world that dissolves into abstraction.
She weaves together painting, printmaking and photography in her ‘painterly collages’, bringing together panels of color, meticulous patterning and floral elements. Dense mark-making contrasts with airy clouds of transparent color and screen-printed florals reveal themselves from behind cut and torn paper and canvas. As these processes and elements interlace, they create a hybrid between representation and abstraction, the natural and supernatural.
Living in downtown Toronto, Filler is often influenced by her ritual walk to the studio, where she observes the landscape shift from bustling city life to contemplative residential neighborhoods. Exploring this contrast, the works playfully collate the images and textures from both worlds.
Emily Filler lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
- 1982. Ottawa, Canada.