"Operating in an expanded field between painting, sculpture and spatial practice, my work explores the use of architectural space and the trace of its patterns as a medium through the use of colour as an idea that functions as a set of rules or a predefined language.
Simultaneously, negotiating between the formal and the kitsch and the concrete and the ephemeral. My aim is to challenge boundaries and make connections between high and low culture, history and currency, and the intellectual and the ornamental.
Through my work the parameters of site, situation and spatiality
are examined, delineated and repurposed to construct new realities,
to question the distance between place, painting and the autonomous
Having exhibited both locally and overseas, Coulter has a Master of Contemporary Art from VCA, a Bachelor of Built Environment from QUT, and a Bachelor of Visual Art from QUT.
Selected solo exhibitions include, Composites (2018), THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Doppel Symmetrie, (2018), ADHOC, Trace Patterns, (2017), PALMER Sydney, Chrominance (2015) Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Chromo-spatial (2015) CHASM, New York, Threshold (2014) Five Walls, Melbourne, and Viscerality (2011) Berlin, as well as numerous group exhibitions, including, Support Structure, Latrobe Art Institute, WAVE, BSA projectspace, 9x5NOW, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Mixed Tape PALMER (2017), Colour Imperative (2015) Rubicon ARI, Faux Fair (2015) c3 Artspace, No Werk (2014) Trocadero Artspace, The Hills are Alive, Paradise Hills Gallery (2013) and The Space Between (2011), Berlin.
Coulter has created her colourful large scale, site specific
installations within a variety of contexts, including, commissions
in New York, Germany, Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay, for THIS IS
NO FANTASY, ADHOC, Hotel Windsor, PALMER art projects, Anna Pappas
Gallery, Five Walls Projects, Saturday in Design, Linden New Art
and at the Victorian College of the Arts. Prizes and grants
received include the 2016 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 is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery in Victoria.