British contemporary artist Emma Alcock's oil paintings of isolated objects within graduated colour fields act as ‘an aid to contemplation’ (Julian Spalding, 2017). The representational aspect of Alcock’s work is balanced by areas of semi-abstraction within her compositions, this creates images that are unfamiliar yet familiar, generating a sense of stillness and quietude.
Building thin layers of oil paint, Alcock’s pictures have an inner luminosity which creates an interplay of light and materiality. Shadow, reflection and silhouetted objects are given equal weight within abstracted sections. Divided planes and soft outlines give depth to Alcock’s flattened scenes, gesturing towards depictions of window frames and interior walls.