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Hypha Studios

Emma Jane Becontree Estate Residency

Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue

16 July – 8 August 2021

Emma Jane completed an artistic residency at Councillor Alderman Jones's house on Parsloes Avenue, the former Mayor of Barking and Dagenham. The Becontree Estate was influenced by the garden city movement initiated by Ebenezer Howard in 1898. Throughout Emma Jane's residency, she constructed a structure in the garden of Alderman Jones's house, inspired by experimental modernist design, the history of interior design, textural elements in brutalist architecture, rendering, domestic wall coverings and food. She invited the public to come and investigate the garden house, and take part in some textural art workshops with miscellaneous refreshments on Saturday 7 August.

Emma Jane’s art practice comprises sculpture, installation, printmaking, collage and photography. She creates immersive spaces where the viewer can respond and get involved in the sights, smells, sounds and tactility of her work. She is influenced by the history of domestic spaces and habitats, and our behaviour within these places. Imagery and objects that are embedded in her work weave a complex narrative, exposing new and hybrid approaches to the myriad of ways that we can live in contradictory and often compromised living spaces.

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Hypha Studios is a charity that matches creatives with empty spaces to regenerate the high street through the formation of cultural hubs with programming to engage local communities. They have partnered with Barking and Dagenham Council to create this series of mini residencies as part of Becontree Forever.