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Emma Knight: Flourish

December 4, 2015 - March 19, 2016

Opening Reception, Friday, December 4th 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the new Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.  

An encounter with one of artist Emma Knight’s paintings is a chance to reflect and explore. Her canvases reveal an atmospheric sensibility. The landscapes are real locales, most are in Virginia. But under Knight’s careful eye, they have dissolved down into slippery, undulating forms. Line, shape and color work in concert to evoke the mood of a place and time rather than clear and detached details. 

The process to create one of the paintings is painstaking. In an effort to preserve the environments she paints, Knight uses water-soluble oil paints. This eliminates the need for turpentine and other solvents in the paint process. She slowly places many layers of the paint onto the canvas to achieve the desired visual effects.

In her newest works, the Efflorescence Series, her abstraction has gone a step further. No longer representing actual space, the organic structures still conjure sensations of life. They recall the riotous petals of chrysanthemum or carnation. Or perhaps their squiggly shapes suggest the unseen creatures found in the waters of a lake or a river. Knight embraces the natural world to her own sensuous end. We feel compelled to do the same.

Emma Knight studied art at the Virginia’s University of Mary Washington. Her paintings have been shown in fairs, galleries, and salons nationwide.

This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). MOCA would like to thank Emma Knight and The Runnymede Corporation for their help in realizing this exhibition.


Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every four months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions are curated by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne.


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