"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
Emma Coulter 2017
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, 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, 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 Sydney, New York and Melbourne, for 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 Linden Art Prize, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Viewer's Choice Award, the Fiona Myer Award, an Australian Artists Grant and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship.