”... effortless, composed, virtuosic, professional, excellent, wonderful and sinous. She has an outstanding beat, intense stage charisma and sounds on point. She is a tone whiz.”
Emma Lomy is a Finnish multidisciplinary artist specialising in music, poetry, essays, theatre, dance, photography and performance art. Lomy’s works explore interlacing minimalistic impressionism into a study of the aesthetic acceptance of the beautiful through various means of art.
Although trained as a professional singer, kantele player and composer, Lomy has begun fusing her texts into music and movement, thus having delved into the world of performance art. Lomy practices her fields of art also strictly individually – performing as a musician, both solo and with bands such as Vuolas and Folk Big Band, and publishing her writing and photography in addition to her theatre and dance performances.
Lomy is a charismatic performer who instantly fills up the stage with enthralling energy and, moreover, charmingly delicate tenderness. Professionals of singing from around the world describe her voice as a rarity; Lomy’s voice is exceptionally bright and expressive, stunning both professionals and international audiences. Lomy is also a dexterous improviser and has developed a predilection for polyrhythms, both of which are common phenomena in her compositions.
The affinity for impressions is always visible in Lomy’s work, be it literature or music, movement or performance. Her essays and poetry are rich in vibrant imagery and photography filled with unanswered questions, silent emotions staring back at the viewer. Lomy is a questioner of the definition of ‘the beautiful’, also an ever-present subject in her art.
Lomy has won competitions in music, writing, dance and theatre, and she was admitted to the renowned music university Sibelius Academy exceptionally early, before having graduated from a Finnish high school of performing arts.
photograph: Saara Vuola
”Emil Sana’s Bris de Verre for kantele and electronics was an elegant whole thanks to the kantele player and performance artist [Lomy], whose performance was well thought through in every detail. The gestures above the proximity sensor were particularly impressive.”
- HBL, 2018
photograph: Saara Vuola
Life is composed of more than mere facts; there’s something more to a scene of two people sitting side by side than the fact of two people simply existing in a setting, something between these two and the surrounding world. Something deeper – ‘the spiritual within matter’ to quote Andrei Tarkovski, one of my main artistic influencers.
Call it impressions, call it spirituality, even the ethereal level of being – this kind of depth of life is the one I study in my art.
Harmony and chaos are contained within each other, and from within the mixture intriguing aesthetics emerge. As an artist I seek to examine the aesthetic acceptance of the beautiful and, furthermore, where the sense of the beautiful is derived from. To achieve this, I play with minimalism; I create art out of the delicate details of everyday life someone else might not consider worthy of admiration. I believe that attentiveness towards the beautiful in a world is one of the most straightforward ways to achieve the state of perfect receptiveness when it comes to perceiving the ethereal, spiritual quality of life – the emotions and impressions in their purest form, unbiased by the society.
In my works I also play with different means of art in relation to time and light. Whereas a musical piece builds up the atmosphere and enfolds the listener in impressions gradually, a sharp twitch of an arm or a three-word-long poem can affect in a matter of seconds. Light, on the other hand, is a subtler, softer influencer – yet a comprehensive one, since it evokes both physical and spiritual reactions. For me light is a perpetual inspiration, present not only in my photography and performance art but also in my music and writing.
Through art I wish to capture and study these phenomena and, moreover, express them in a manner from which others can find comfort and inspiration. However, I believe the artist should not impose their ideas on the audience but exhibit them without serving ready chewed meals for people to simply stare at. Great art offers thoughts but leaves space for interpretation and the audience’s own impressions – for what else will an audience member have to convince them of experiencing something remarkable than their own impressions. My position is to offer yet, consequently, also to allow to decline.
- E. Lomy