"My work is primarily concerned with ideas about painting, whether it be through my large scale site-specific interventions, or smaller studio based propositions.
Colour is a critical concern within my practice, through implementation of an intensely saturated and repetitive spectrum.
My practice considers the intersection between painting, architecture, spatial practice and urban space.
Through my site-specific work or 'spatial deconstructions', I deliberately aim to challenge the hierarchy of the art institution and fine art, by blurring boundaries between place, painting and the viewer's experience.
I am interested in breaking limitations between elitism and
popular culture through the use of colour and spatial practice as
ideas that transcend the usual divisions of knowledge and
Recent exhibitions and new works include a spatial deconstruction commission at the Museum of Brisbane, for NEW WOMAN. An exhibition which recognises "ground-breaking women artists". A commissioned light projection for the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane, an installation at Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne, and a new permanent work in Burnett Lane, Brisbane. Other significant works include, 'doppel symmetrie' a site-specific work in Germany at ADHOC; 'composites', at THIS IS NO FANTASY, as well as site specific works for, 'support structure' at Latrobe Art Institute and the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art.
Other featured projects include, 'Trace Patterns', PALMER Sydney, '9X5 NOW', Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 'chrominance' Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 'chromo-spatial' CHASM, New York, 'colour Imperative', Rubicon ARI, 'Marvel Windsor prize', Hotel Windsor, 'threshold' Five Walls, Melbourne.
Prizes and grants received include the Linden Art Prize, an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Viewer's Choice Award, the Fiona Myer Award, an Australian Artists Grant and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship.
Emma has a Master of Contemporary Art from VCA, a Bachelor of Built Environment from QUT, and a Bachelor of Visual Art also from QUT.