Viewfinder diaries project

Emma Willemse

Viewfinder diaries project

2020 ongoing


Artist statement


As a conceptual artist, I am working with the concept of loss in a variety of mediums, including installations, painting, artist’s books and printmaking. Since the 1990’s the main focus of my work had been the notion of displacement, the loss of a home. Recently my interest shifted to the various losses occurring in the challenging times related to Covid-19. 


The seed of the ideas for the Viewfinder diaries was planted during the hard lockdown in 2020, when I had to generate ideas in my own studio with whatever means I had at my disposal. I used the time to populate my idea board with images cut from popular media, snippets of old artworks, fragments of discarded drawings and prints, small objects and fabrics.