By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Starkey develops forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based on subjective associations and formal parallels, which aim to incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
Currently the work investigates notions of whiteness as a social construct, through the ‘deemed’ (?) white body.
‘Although I consider whiteness as a social construct I am also aware of my social image.’ Emma Starkey
Starkey takes on many White forms revealing the absurdities attached to whiteness, she focuses on representation and how the history of white representation whether that be painting or
architecture has an impact on social dynamics, value, and performs cultural hegemony. Starkey attempts to lift the white veil and undermine whiteness structural properties, a subject that is offend evades scrutiny. ‘Starkey’s work is seemingly controversial as it dares to question the very foundations of Western society.’ Michael Bryan
Live art/performance art* is key to Starkey’s practice as the ritual is live, there are possibilities in the
vulnerability of such acts that cannot be ‘corrected’, and these possibilities offer an opening for new discovery for both the viewer and herself.
Starkey’s practice is experiential and shaped by her intuitive exploration of material and simultaneously her own ever-changing interrogation of history and experience
*Doing, living, instinctive