Using laborious and process driven techniques like cyanotype, embroidery and trace-monotype I become consumed by the journey of making. My work is narrative-driven, using an array of fabrics, stitching, and drawn figures to tell stories that straddle between fact and fiction, and past and present. In particular, the works selected draw on the tales of Baba Yaga and The Handless Maiden.
Emma Gardner is an interdisciplinary artist based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia. She uses drawing to question the inherent implications of moral, ethics, gender and class politics that are present when the body is thrown into any subject matter.
Graduating in 2016 from Queensland College of Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours.
Gardner has held solo shows at Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore NSW, Redland Gallery, Cleveland QLD and Air Space Projects, Sydney NSW. She has exhibited in collaborative and group exhibitions at Onespace, Brisbane QLD, D-Lux, Sydney NSW; Asia Pacific Architecture Festival, Architecture Media, State Library of QLD, The Third Quarter, Brisbane QLD; M16 Artspace, Canberra ACT, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne VIC, Maud Gallery, Brisbane QLD, and performed at Darwin’s Fringe Festival NT. Internationally, she has exhibited at Double Basement, Vienna, Austria, PhotoNola, New Orleans USA and A Smith Gallery, Texas USA. Gardner has carried out practice-led research through India, England, Spain, and South Africa. She has received grant funding from Arts Queensland, Sydney Myer Foundation, the Regional Arts and Development Fund and the Australian Government.
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