Emma Le Strange
conte crayon Board
About the piece
Hiding from the grasp of emotions but inadvertently denying resolve. This artwork was born from a photoshoot with Travis “That Pole Guy” Scott who is a renown international model, pole dancer and cabaret performer. “Hiding from” was a finalist artwork in the 2015 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing at Juggler’s Art Space, Brisbane, Australia. This artwork is mounted on a black mat board with a black, wooden frame.
About the artist
Australian artist, Emma Le Strange, aims to find refreshed provocation in the anatomical familiar often through abstract realism. Emotion is explored through explicitly inclusive imagery prompting the viewer to search for the recognizable. The images vary from simple gestures, taken for granted, through to body movement not generally considered in everyday life. Emma Le Strange’s artistic process starts with figurative photography. From there, the images are digitally manipulated to create dramatic, monochromatic and a highly contrasted representation of the model. Emma has spent a number of years creating a unique technique that combines drawing and painting with Conté à Paris crayons. The conté crayons are applied to pastel-gesso primed paper or board. Fine, silicon brushes are then used to smudge, blend, apply and remove the crayon. The resulting artwork boarders on hyper realism and delicately sparkles in soft light. Emma Le Strange currently has a $10,000 arts grant from Access Arts Queensland, Australia to write and illustrate a children’s story book. Emma also has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and is studying a Bachelor of Laws.