Emma Savage is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Emma’s current work explores her childhood neighbourhood of Hayes Paddock, Hamilton East. Repeating the same subject matter enables her to focus on experimenting with technique and style. She is interested in testing out compositions, colour palettes and ways of layering paint.
This series of acrylic paintings highlight the peaceful, familiar and nostalgic aspects of New Zealand suburbia. Hayes Paddock, Hamilton East is an example of a relatively intact, architecturally coherent suburb that exemplifies state housing ideals of the 1940s. These structures along with their mature gardens, renovations and other traces of those who have occupied these dwellings over the last 80 years are observed and celebrated.