This body of work was first shown as a solo exhibition at The Kildare Gallery in October 2019. 

The Red Flag, oil on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, 2019, Kildare County Council Municipal Collection

‘Curious’ explores the spectacle of coloured smoke and powder clouds and the diversity of their use for celebration, entertainment, protest, alert or a call for help. The inhabitants of each painting choose to ignore, react, record, engage with or even act as the instigators of these clouds of colour and the situations they create. Our human involvement and response to this spectacle is the curious question.

The work is loaded with layers of suggestion and possibility which may be interpreted differently by each individual viewer depending on personal history and the influence of the collective consciousness being created amongst us from our exposure to the world via the media.

Emma Stroude 2019