At One with Nature, 2020
Oil on wood panel, 116 x 100 cm
Emmet Kierans enjoys painting figures that exist in a parallel reality, where the characters portrayed are manifestations of their underlying feelings, emotions and psychological states. This self-portrait imagines a version of the artist that rejects the conventions and formalities of modern society in an attempt to become a more instinctive and intuitive being. The painting follows this idea to an absurd conclusion, portraying the artist as a city dweller, whose only notions of nature are houseplants and pigeons, naively living in the woods.