Serenity and Despair, pencil on paper, 8 by 10 in. Emilia Kallock, 2020
On the Balcony, Lisboa, tempera on paper, 24 by 32 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019
Terrace in the Evening, Old Walled City of Évora, Portugal, tempera on paper, Emilia Kallock, 2019
Open Book, watercolor on paper, 7 by 8 in. Emilia Kallock
Public Space, Flower Plaza
Design for color saturated public park, featuring walkways, a cafe, paddle tennis courts, an event space, fountain, sculptures and play grounds.
After I finished this it reminded me of the artist Bjork. It’s probably as close as I’ve come to coming to the Visionary Art aesthetic so popular in Seattle and around the country these days.
Why am I designing gardens? As I grow older I want to spend more and more time outdoors, and realize how important nature, beauty and relaxation are in our hectic lives. Gardens are living sculptures, and I love how each season yields different wonders to behold. There are so many living things available for planting and creating immersive worlds of natural beauty. All of my garden designs have a few things in common. I hope to make living environments where beauty, mystery and play are accessible to all people, and to bring awareness to the importance of spending time in nature. All the gardens are parks designed to be open to the public and free of charge. I chose specific trees, shrubs and flowers for their unique aesthetic qualities and relative low maintenance to flourish and work in tandem with nature. Their placement and beauty will continue to grow and increase with age. The gardens are designed to involve students and citizens in many ways by being fun and refreshing places to learn and participate in garden upkeep and plant education. I also intend on inviting participation to design
and build some structural elements such as walkway pavers, plant containers and sculptures. As illustrated in my paintings and notes, the gardens are designed to evoke certain moods. For example, in The Secret Garden, hidden entrances and a combination of flowers and vines, even if left unattended, will add a feeling of mystery and wonder. The Blockbuster Garden and Animated Garden utilize multiple plantings of each type of plant and tree to create saturated color and scent environments. The Blockbuster Garden also employs structures and sculptures to add an even more playful quality. In each garden, there will be a plaque paying homage and commemorating the preservation of natural ecosystems and wild places- which after all, are the world’s true gardens.
Inspired by Daily Bread by Eric Enstrom,
Sentient, oil on repurposed kitchen cabinet, 1o by 15 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019
Bird Songs (Inspired by Swanson’s Thrush) watercolor on paper, 6 by 9 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019
My Interior Study, pen on paper, 4 by 4 in. Emilia Kallock 2019
Riverbank cottonwood snow in May-
An account of: Laying in the Driveway for 45 minutes.
I did something different today after I dropped off my daughter and her
friend at school. I pulled into my driveway and decided to lay down. I awoke today with really strong pain in my shoulder sockets and lower neck. It was hard to wash my hair in the morning, and I could feel it when I made breakfast and packed lunch for my daughter. My friends, who are staying with me for a while took these pictures. The first ones are of me laying my stomach, holding my glasses so they didn’t break. The ground felt cool, and I tried to relax my neck. About 10 minutes went by and I saw no need to get up. I thought about some things that can stress me out- the large trucks that decompress their brakes in front of my house, the bills, my laptop, the garden that needs tending, do I need to get married?, helping my daughter prepare for her end of year school play, fixing the car, the ridiculousness of why I was laying down near the middle of my driveway- and then after a while I let the thoughts pass. I wasn’t angry or sad, I just wanted to participate in all of it differently. I listened to the birds chirping and the wind in the trees. I turned around to lay on my back and that helped my shoulders relax more against the hard ground. I know dirt was sticking to my clothes and hair. The sun was strong and started stinging my face. I flipped my shirt up over my head and let the sun fall on my armpits. I hear animals lay in the sun and use it to heal themselves. Although I’m sure my friends thought it was weird, my cat didn’t, and just walked passed me and laid down. In total 45 minutes passed. I slowly got up as one does from savasana practice in yoga, and had a partially smoked cigarette in my studio.