Emily Floyd

‘Abstract Labour’, 2014
6 colour screenprint on Somerset satin
118 x 83.5cm. Edition of 30

Continuing her interest in collective forms of work and play, Emily Floyd began her residency researching peculiarly Scottish examples of organized work and collective endeavour. She visited Robert Owen’s utopian industrial village New Lanark and The Colonies of Edinburgh to see the working class housing projects built during the 1800s by The Model Dwelling Companies. Working with printmaker Scott Hudson, Emily produced the technically complex graphic screen print ‘Abstract Labour’, employing five different colour separations. Named after the Marxist concept of abstractly representing working time, the title of the print is spelled using simple shapes familiar to kindergarten pedagogy and modernist typography.

Annis Fitzhugh, DCA, with Emily Floyd