Emma C. Aspeling (b. 1995) is a South African abstract artist currently living and working in Jamestown, Western Cape. In 2017 Aspeling graduated with a BAFA (Hons) from Stellenbosch University’s Fine Art Department, stepping into her practice full-time since March 2022. She predominantly uses mixed media and intuitively draws with paint on board and paper in boldly expressive and delicate gestures and layers. She explores personal and collective inner landscapes inspired by embodiment practices, spirituality, the written word, music and her own experiences. Celebrating the vulnerable, fluid and interconnected nature of the human spirit.
Most recently her practice has been concerned with vulnerability at the intersections of private and public, online and actual, inside and outside, past and present and isolation and collaboration. Traversing the ways in which creative spaces, processes and experiences can facilliate this in personally transformative ways. She explored this through setting up her studio in the exhibition space of her most recent solo exhbition and working there for the duration thereof. During this time, she opened her practice and self to collaboration and engagement with the public, both online and actual, leading to a performance and multiple collaborations with musicians.
Over the past five years, Aspeling has taken part in multiple groups shows, art fairs and completed four solo exhibitions. Most recently (August 2022) she completed a very well received solo exhibition, ‘Out of Sight’ at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town. Currently she is exploring the role of curator for an upcoming group show, ‘In Utero’ (October 2022) at RK Contemporary in Riebeek Kasteel.