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About me

I am a recent graduate from the Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art course. My recent works articulate a relationship between the presence of things and people: things ricochet my existential concerns about life, its transience and frailty. Objects like dolls assume a human quality, and the human body is cropped and toyed with as if it were an object, or simply suggested by its waste. Themes of puppetry and manipulation permeate the paintings alluding to the constraints social structures impose on individuals. Currently I am working on a new series of paintings entitled ‘Mindscapes'. These paintings depict landscapes but are more of an attempt at depicting the world of the human mind than that of nature. Reacting to the contemporary visual world of mass communication — speed, techno-colour, consumerism — my paintings often reveal states of inertia, suspension and idleness, undermined by tension and instability. I extensively engage in photographic and video experimentation in the development of each work in order to investigate composition, colour and tone. The paintings emerge from flesh-toned panels of MDF incrementally through several glazes, narrowing down on a sense of tonal equilibrium and psychological depth.


  • Visual Arts
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Fine Art
  • Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint

Work history



Ema Pina

May 2014



Fine Art

Central Saint Martins

Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
  • First Class Honours



Brian Botting Prize

  • Brian Botting Prize for Outstanding Representation of the Human Figure, presented at the Mall Galleries for my painting entitled 'B


Kate Barton Award for Painting

  • Awarded for the CSM Degree Show


The Clyde & Co Art Award Collection 2014-15

  • My work 'Legs' is on loan and on show at the Clyde & Co London Offices from September 2014 until August 2015.