For over two decades, Emily has sustained a persistent arts practice alongside a professional career in architecture and engineering. Her art concepts and making clearly benefit from this experience as well as research into the effects of ‘Architectural-Spatial Environments on Human Health’ and the ‘CO2 emission attributes of geopolymer concrete’. Since returning to Western Australia in 2013, Emily has maintained a studio practice at PSAS in Fremantle.
The act of making, for Emily, is a meditation on transformation through art. Emily’s process involves a practice of unravelling the knots of human suffering; deep-diving into what it means to empathise and exploring the pursuit of balance. Her careful arrangements of contrasting elements and materials – often incorporating painting, textiles, and objects – are at once cathartic yet still calmly exploratory, searching for the ultimate frequency. This philosophical, and poetic, approach aims to invoke a resonant feeling of wellbeing in her audience.