Statement:

Emma’s sculpture appeals to the senses; her work explores human experience: from how we feel to how we move, to how we deal with everyday life and the choices we make.  The figure’s context is an integral part of Emma’s work: by designing bespoke structures and objects, her figures playfully interact with their surroundings and present a defining moment in their life.

Much of Emma’s work manifests her enthusiasm for agility, acrobatics and dance inspired from her love of Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art).  She is currently working towards a new body of work that explores the dynamic movement of the figure, whilst celebrating the diverse capabilities of human body.  Emma hopes her work will connect with people’s inner rhythm, connect with their inherent need to move and promote the importance of physical expression.

Emma’s Background

Emma has always shown an interest in art and the process of making, which led her to live and study in Florence and learn from the masters.  Emma then proceeded to Nottingham Trent University for a Fine-Art degree, to catch up with the times.  During her degree she learnt a different approach to her practice, exploring interactive and community arts.  She continued in this line or work after graduating yet soon began to miss the craft and tactile nature of clay and with this in mind, moved to Bristol in 2010 to focus on figurative sculpture.

Since then Emma hasn’t looked back as galleries and buyers increasingly take interest in her work.  To support this progress, Emma took the opportunity to study figurative sculpture at Heatherly’s School of Fine Art in London.  During the course she developed skills in metal work, mould making, casting and life drawing, as well as developing some new ideas for exploration.


Education:
2013-14   Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, London.  (Post-grad diploma in Sculpture)
2005-08.  Nottingham Trent School of Art & Design (BA Hons).
2006.       Erasmus in Finland; University of Lapland.
2005.       Sculpture and Fresco course; Art Under One Roof, Florence.
2003-04.  Norwich School Art & Design (Foundation Diploma).

Commissions:  

2016.      Amelia Edwards public sculpture, Amelia Lodge, North Bristol.  Commissioned by Churchill Retirement Living.
2016.      ‘Murmaration’. Bowden Hall, Mecure Hotel, Gloucester. Commissioned by Gallery2C.
2014.      ‘Barristers in Wire’. The Judges Lodging Hotel, York.  Commissioned by Gallery2C.
2011.       ’Elastone’, Interactive installation.  Newferry Butterfly Park, Wirral, Merseyside.
2009.      Spiders web for Manchester International Festival. Commissioned by Walk the Plank.
2008.      Stand décor for Fashion Graduate Week at Earls Court, London.  Directed by Martin Knox.

Residencies:
2012.      Residency at SRT, courtesy of Hand in Glove, Bristol.
2010.      Rudston Infant School & Curious Minds, Liverpool.  Artist in school.
2009.      New Bridge School, Oldham.  Visual Arts Intern.
2009.      The New Art Gallery, Walsall.  ‘Interrogation’ Project by Longhouse.
2007.      Nethergate School, Nottingham. Artist in School.

Representing Galleries:
Art Salon, Bath.
– Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye.
– Wey Gallery, Godalming, Surrey.
– Coldharbour Gallery, Bristol
– Tinca Gallery, Portishead.

Exhibitions:

2017.
Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong, represented by Art Salon.
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, represented by Art Salon.
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, represented by Wey Gallery.
Wilks Restaurant, show in courtyard and restaurant, Bristol.

2016.
The Sculpture Park, Farnham
Bird sanctuary show, Botanical Gardens, Bristol.
The Lobby, 15 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London.

2015.
Heatherley Summer Exhibition. London.
Easter Open Garden Exhibition, Bristol Botanical Gardens.

2014.
‘We are Plinkus’, Sculpture collective show. Hamilton House, Bristol
Bristol Affordable Art Fair, represented by Alexander Gallery
‘Autumn show’. Wey Gallery, Godalming, Surrey.
Easter Open Garden Exhibition, Bristol Botanical Gardens.

2013.
‘Figures in sculpture’. Tinca Gallery, Portishead.
Bristol Affordable Art Fair, represented by Alexander Gallery
Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, represented by Alexander Gallery.

2012.
North Bristol Arts trail, Bristol
‘Autumn Open exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
‘Plinth by Plinth’.  Bath Art Fringe Festival, Bath.
‘Snapshot’, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol.

2011.
‘159th Autumn Exhibition’. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
‘What will we do when’.  The Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol.

2010.
‘Retold’. Muse, The Art Organisation, Liverpool

2009.
‘Black & White in the Grey Area’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool.
‘Not-outer space’, Nexus art café, Manchester.

2008.     ‘At Play, Replay’.  204 Gallery, Bristol.
‘EdgeCentrics’. Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool.
‘Art.On.The.Edge’. Glebe Farm, Barnham Broom, Norfolk.
‘Fine Art 08’, Nottingham Trent University.
‘At Play’, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.

 

Curated Exhibitions:
2009.     ‘Stage One: the drawing house’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool.
2009.     ‘Black & White in the Grey Area’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool.
2008.     ‘Retold’ by thirty Biennial volunteers.  M.use, The Art Organisation, Liverpool.

Skills:

Moulding:       Mould making technician at Opus Studios, Clevedon. 2012-14.
Casting:           Resin casting technician at John Hardy Castings, Wickmere, Norfolk. 2006-8
Bronze:          Lost-wax bronze casting, Inversion Technique. Learnt through Ore & Ingot, Bristol. 2012.
Ceramics:     Kiln technician at Grapevine Gallery & Ceramic Workshop, Norwich.  2005.
Wood:          Casual Apprenticeship with Oak-swill Basket maker, Owen Jones, Cumbria. 2009.
Metal:          Short Apprenticeship with Blacksmith, Dave Capes. Norfolk. 2008.

Languages:
English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese