Bex Shorunke interviewed Bronx-born artist Emma Kohlmann to understand why she is creating art with a socio-political resonance
Kohlmann is working to make the primordial form artistically relevant. Abstract in appearance yet visceral in content, her ink drawings zero in on the nuances and complexities that make us human. The traditional genre of the nude is given an overhaul and feminism, role reversal and sex take precedence. The result is a body of work that challenges traditional notions of gender and sexuality.
Kohlmann’s work has seen her collaborate with punk bands Hoax and Natural Law; and in summer 2016, she had a solo show, Studies Into Obscurity, of 130 watercolours at Copenhagen’s V1 gallery. Additionally, she's produced illustrations, zines and everything in between, often collaborating with friend, fellow artist and punk scene advocate, Sonya Sombreuil Cohen who makes beautiful customized denim work. This May, Kohlmann’s work was exhibited at Athens’ Athina fair, and she is currently developing a published series of watercolours.