Emma is a visual artist and educator. Weaving together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques, she is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops work from a queer/feminist questioning of what is missing? Her practice is informed by previous experience in theatre and queer DIY club scenes, both sites where spaces and spatial relations are generated temporarily. The stage and the dance floor or darkroom are designed to focus attention via a set of aesthetic practices, including the manipulation of audio/visual, moveable hard/soft architectures, ephemera and the performing body. This has led to a continuing engagement with the aesthetics of club culture along with questions of spatial politics and an incorporation of theatricality as a means of making propositions.
Emma is co-founder of the artist collective The Many Headed Hydra together with Suza Husse.
Emma has worked as visiting lecturer at: The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2017), The Universität der Künste Berlin (2017), IADT Dún Laoghaire (2017), NCAD, Dublin (2015), and has given workshops at: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2018), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), Gasworks, London (2017) and IMMA, Dublin (2015).
Emma will be artist in residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from July 2019.
Current & recent work includes: I SLIPPED INTO MY FIRST METAMORPHOSIS SO QUIETLY THAT NO ONE NOTICED, exhibition & performance, Curated by Gitte Villesen, Den Frie Center Of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2019), Colomboscope interdisciplinary arts festival, with The Many Headed Hydra, Sri Lanka (2019). Sex in Public, nGbK neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin (2018)