Looking In and Looking Out 3


Emma Gardner

Embroidery, Wire, Wood and Light.
Dimensions Variable, approx. 53 cm tall
Original lamps used by the artist can be supplied
We are happy to help place the work for optimal light and shadow
Photo Credit: Llewelyn Millhouse


These drawings where created while I was thinking about the values of vulnerability and strength, questioning if I thought one could exist without the other. I experimented with this thinking through materiality. Using machine embroidered stitch to create the line drawings – something innately vulnerable yet also strong, then cast them with light to displace and play with scale and impose a shadow drawing on the walls.
Emma Gardner is an inter-disciplinary artist whose practice is based in drawing. She loves to use process driven, laborious techniques and experiment with a variety of textiles. Her work is a curious enquiry into the human condition that she frames within paganistic ritual or folklore tales.

Through the practice of drawing her work engages with process, labour and self-portraiture to comment on the human condition. She references the witch archetype and folklore tales to engage with ideas about ritual, ceremony, and a re-connection to nature, self and spirit.

Gardner has exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. She has carried out residencies and research in India, England, Spain and South Africa and held an exhibition in Vienna, Austria. Gardner is the recipient of Australian Government research and Arts Queensland grants. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from Queensland Colleague of Art in 2016.

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