The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space. The word inhabitant contains the root habit (dress) and implies a habitat (dwelling) and my work often has this double function of being both shelter and clothing. The shelters are an expression of the layers that we surround ourselves with. Increasingly my work is worn or performed, using somewhat absurd spaces constructed specifically to fit my body.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2006 - MA Fine Art: Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art 2001 - BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art Solo exhibitions 2011 - MAKE SHIFT, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton 2010 - egg-nest-home-country-universe, Showreel, Milan Group exhibitions 2012 - Camp Out, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA 2012 - Eastern Vistas, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds 2012 - Gest, Centre for Recent Drawing, London 2012 - Lost is Found, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2012 - PLAY/GAME/PLACE/STATE, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2012 - Subjective Involvement in Physical Spatial Entities, Oredaria Gallery, Rome 2012 - Topophobia, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, touring to Bluecoat and Spacex, London, Liverpool, Exeter 2011 - Dialogos, ASSAB One, Milan 2011 - Small Scale Survival, Aid & Abet, Cambridge 2011 - The Paper Cooperative, Spacex, Exeter 2010 - BUILT, Rogue Project Space, Manchester 2010 - Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop, Grolier Club, New York 2010 - Manchester Contemporary with Axis, Spinningfields, Manchester 2010 - No ISBN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany 2010 - ROAMING, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lausanne, Switzerland 2009 - DRAWN IN, The Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, Liverpool 2009 - from this filthy sewer grows pure gold, Supercollider, Blackpool 2008 - Facade, Gallery 33, Berlin 2008 - Signs of Life, 102 Seel Street, Liverpool 2006 - Drawn Out, Centre for Recent Drawing, London Residencies 2012 - Expand, Explore, Expose, Salzamt Atelierhaus, Linz, Austria 2010 - A Curriculum, A Foundation, Liverpool 2009 - European Capital of Culture exchange residency with Linz Kultur, nominated by Liverpool Biennial, International Studio House Linz, Austria 2007 - Artists' Book Residency, Women's Studio Workshop, New York State 2004 - Royal Scottish Academy Artist-in-residence, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath Public commissions 2012 - Exterior wall commission, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 2012 - Human Castle, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Projects 2012 - Flat Pack, Hartington Road Gallery, London 2010 - The Drawing Shed, Project Space Leeds, Leeds Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - shortlist, Bar-Tur Award, London 2010 - Shortlist, Liverpool Art Prize, Liverpool 2009 - Feiweles Trust Bursary 09/10, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 2007 - Project Funding, Juliet Gomperts Trust, London 2001 - John Kinross Florence Scholarship, Royal Scottish Academy, Florence Publications 2011 - Doppelganger, Images of the Human Being, Gestalten (Berlin), ISBN 978-3-89955-332-1 2011 - Emily Speed - MAKE SHIFT, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2010 - Vision Magazine (China), Discovery section.