DOUBLE TROUBLE, TRIPLE THREAT
Dressed (or undressed) to kill, and with colors that pack a punch, illustrator Emily Eldridge paints singular figures and dynamic duos and trios (hence the exhibition title’s play on words, Double Trouble, Triple Threat), exploring bold color usage through wild combinations of fluorescents and other bright hues. Female figures are a central focus, rendered with flat color, graphic shapes, and fashionable details as key elements in a visual language. Inspired by teen magazines, feminist culture, and the psychedelic saturated colors of the 1960s, she plays with pattern and symmetry to imagine a world of girl gangs and bad babes up to no good, with a dash of melancholic humor. Cropped images of the human figure depict females in a fun way – big sunglasses, crazy hairstyles, wild makeup, and stylish high heels. They are pop-art ladies with candy-colored faces – sassy, feminist, and ruling the world.
What stories do they have to tell? A dialogue ensues, imagining stories of girlfriends that wear matching outfits, shop ‘til they drop, have pajama parties, kiss lots of boys, stay up too late, and get into a bit of harmless trouble. They are girly in an un-girly way; powerful and independent “ladies with an attitude”, who might behave badly, but don’t mind looking pretty while doing it.
Pattern and the perception of color also form a role in this painting series. Colors and shapes play and interact with one another, pleasing the eye through balance and repetition. Color choices are feminine, but not in a sickly sweet way.
Graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), and most recently with a Master’s in Creative Illustration from BAU Centro Universitario de Diseño in Barcelona, Spain. Based in Hong Kong for more than 10 years, she currently resides in Barcelona, where she is practicing Spanish and enjoys a glass of vermut or two with friends.
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