Born in Athens and currently based in Singapore, Emi Avora draws subject matter from her everyday life in Asia as well as her Greek ancestry with a focus on the interior and still life. Her paintings enter a dialogue with modernist historical canons as well as contemplating on our ambiguous relationship to colonial narratives, exoticism, taste and the everyday. Humour, curiosity and anxiety are elements that occupy her compositions. Her work allows space for invention, creating a gap between looking and making, between the real and the imaginary. Everyday observations become exaggerated through the use of colour and change of scale. Stemming from reality, observed situations are weaved into fictional compositions that allow a multitude of readings. Equally, the very process of her mark making opens up a platform to investigate painting’s power to transcend imagery by breaking it down to the basics of colour, shape, pattern and composition.