The Mountain, Time After Time

2016

Talbot, Emma

Emma Talbot’s practice spans drawing, painting, installation and sculpture. Her work is often made up of autobiographical imagery, developing narratives around the difficulties of contemporary life, interwoven with vibrant patterns and motifs.

Her painting on silk, The Mountain, Time After Time, 2016 is an honest reflection on the relationship between Talbot and her teenage son. Displayed as a double-sided hanging, the piece is based on the form of a mountain and includes lyrics from Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 song ‘Time After Time’. The artist’s son, an avid rock climber, is portrayed ascending a wall, as well as in his bedroom with the door shut. There are also tender moments: an image of the boy in a cot just after his birth appears at the bottom of the piece, or ‘base camp’ of the mountain. Punctuated with the lyrics ‘If you’re lost you can look and you will find me… If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting, time after time’, it’s an account of letting go of a child and allowing them to scale their own heights as an independent adult.

  • Artwork Details: 309 x 155cm
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  • Material description: Acrylic on silk
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC19/2019

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