My work has continued to be a morphing of real location and imagined worlds. The drawings and paintings I make, take imagery and inspiration from collected maps, visited landscapes, aerial views and anatomies of trees and bodies. Manipulating paper maps and reducing cartographic elements, the landscapes I map back, offer new and contorted views, creating a sense of place that is distorted and unfamiliar. References to both the man-made and organic are also made through depictions of pulsating roads and growths of cities that mimic organisms on macroscopic and microscopic levels. Re-visiting memories of places and merging map with nature, the resonance of places lived and visited continues to inform my current work.
I graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting in 1999. Previous to that I completed a BA in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997. I currently live and work in Buckinghamshire.
CV & Education
2016 Art in the park, Wades Park, Princes Risborough
2012 Get Carta, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
2011 Radicals and Non-Conformists, Studio Gallery, NPG, London. UNEARTHED: the creative history of a brownfield site, Warton House, Stratford, London
2009 Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London. Summer Exhibition, The Architect's Gallery, London. The London Group Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2008 Unnatural Worlds: Drawings by Emma Williams and Akiko Usami, Casson Gallery, Eastbourne College, Eastbourne
2007 Mapping, Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Bury. Rich and Strange: Altered Books Project, Flock, Newport School of Art Media and Design, University of Wales, Newport. Salon 07, Seven Seven Gallery, London
2006 24London: Berlin, Milan and Barcelona, Berlin, Milan and Barcelona. ArtSway Open, ArtSway, Sway. Gallery 37, DMH Stallard, Jewry St, London EC3. Hidden Talents 06, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London. Sefton Open, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport. Summer Open, Wateloo Gallery, London. The Art Pavilion Summer Show, Mile End Park, London
2005 30x30, Vertigo Gallery, London. Summer Open, Waterloo Gallery, London
2003 The map is not the territory part III, James Hockney Gallery, Farnham, Surrey. Well-made 3, Old Town Hall, Stratford, London
2002 Art 2002 London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London. The map is not the territory part II, England and Co, London
2001 Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport. Slap and Tickle, Vertigo Gallery, London. Summer in the City, Artlink at Sotheby's International Young Art, Online auction
2000 En Route, Galerie Claudia Gross-Selbeck, Dusseldorf, Germany