'The Impossible Garden', Emma Bass, Auckland Festival of Photography

Ode to Balthazar Van der Ast & Matisse Emma Bass, 2020
Artist Emma Bass with a work in progress.
30 May 2020 to 26 Jul 2020
10:30am to 4:30pm Wednesday to Sunday
Exploring beauty though a manipulated lens.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition, Festival
Free entry to exhibition.
100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland.


As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, 'The Impossible Garden' - an exhibition of richly decorative floral still lifes by Auckland photographer Emma Bass will feature in the grand, 1870's ballroom at historic Alberton.

Blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage, the works examine the beauty of nature, with photographed prints of 17th century Dutch and Flemish examples as a starting point.

‘Exploring beauty though a manipulated lens’, the already ‘impossible bouquets’  - constructed with elements from mismatched seasons and in distorted perspectives – are further embellished with objects, natural phenomena and gold gilded Matisse-inspired cut-outs, amplifying their beguiling unreality.

The illusory perfection of the flower portraits fuse the heritage of the masters with a contemporary sensibility to recontextualise the genre in the 21st century.

Learn more about Bass’s 'floral portraits' and her practice in a free Artist Talk on Sunday 7 June at 2pm. Emma will be in conversation with Aimee Rafini from Art Ache. Bookings  recommended as places are limited. Please contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or 846 7367.

Strict physical distancing measures will be in place and all attendees will be registered for contact tracing purposes.

Emma Bass is represented by Artis Gallery, Auckland.