Emily Dove

City’s Edge

My ink and graphite drawings depict urban landscapes, focusing on areas of edgelands between the city and the rural. Leeds is my area of study: I walk to gather images and inspiration, noticing details one may not usually stop to look at.
My interests lie in the discord between man and nature, areas on the edge and Freud’s notion of the uncanny: the sense that a scene is both familiar and disconcerting. I aim to achieve a sense of abandonment and eeriness through the lack of human presence in my drawings, with the lingering of man-made traces, such as an empty can or barbed wire. The tension present in these images is a reflection of our taut relationship with the environment and our surroundings.