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EMILY IMESON

Emily examines how landscape painting can be an important tool in responding to the twenty-first-century effects of climate change, and impending ecological issues. A natural inquisition, her practice fulfils an innate desire to understand human/nonhuman relationships where landscape becomes the site for interconnectedness. She questions what it is to do landscape painting in these times and uses painting as a medium to prompt reflexivity on these human-world relationships. In 2021, Emily undertook Visual Arts honours at Southern Cross University (SCU), supported by the School of Social Science Honours Scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from SCU and was granted a Rising Star Scholarship for these studies, graduating June 2016. Between 2016 -18, Emily received a Young Regional Artists Scholarship from Create NSW to continue her investigations. Driven by desires to coexist on the planet Emily continuously takes herself into the land, exploring ways to translate experience into paintings. Her works explore macro-micro worlds while also encouraging her audience to reflect on the impact humanity has on their surroundings.

“The unique and overwhelming environments of Central Australia recite poems of water and evolution. Vertical ranges marked with tilted sedimentary lines show the history of an ancient inland sea (850 - 400 million years ago). The compressed layers of ocean deposits were pushed up (300 million years ago), creating kilometers of formidable rock formations that dissect the land. Wind, water, and time have sculpted these ranges to create sanctuaries for life to thrive, deep permanent water holes to fuel healthy and diverse ecosystems….here the world’s oldest surviving culture have lived for millennia. As I moved through the national parks surrounding Mparntwe (Alice Springs) I reflected on this antiquity, and realised how short humanity’s story is and how big our impact has been."

2020, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, finalist Exhibition, Surry Hills NSW 2019, Beverley Art Prize, WA 2019, John Villers Outback art prize, Winton QLD 2019: Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Recipient, Sydney 2019: Honourable Mention Award, John Villers Outback Art Prize, Winton QLD 2016-2018: Young Regional Artist Scholarship, ARTS NSW 2014-2016: Rising Star Scholarship, The New Camera House, Lismore

2021: Ancient River, River Red (solo) – Saint Cloche, Sydney 2020: Nautilus (group) - Saint Cloche, Sydney 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 (online) 2020: Take Me There (solo) – Saint Cloche, Sydney