Artist Biography - Emma Jean Kemp
Emma Jean Kemp has always shown an interest in art and the process of making, which led her to live and study in Florence in 2004. Afterwards, Emma proceeded to Nottingham Trent University for a Fine-Art degree, during which her work took on a different approach, exploring interactive and community arts.
This led onto various exciting educational projects involving large, d...ynamic installations. Soon though, she began to miss the craft and tactile nature of clay and with this in mind, moved to Bristol in 2010 to focus on figurative sculpture. This has proven to be a fruitful move, resulting in increasing exhibitions and sales, whilst all the time refining her skills in creating delicate and intriguing sculptures.
Emma’s sculpture appeals to the senses. Her work explores human experience: from how we feel to how we move, to how we deal with everyday life and the choices we make.The presentation of her figures is an integral part of Emma’s work: by designing bespoke structures, her figures playfully interact with their surroundings in a way that adds to their narrative, presenting us with a defining moment in their life.
Emma practice is very hands on and she loves realizing ideas in a 3D form, working with various materials and processes. Emma takes pride in making all her work from start to finish including the plinths. She has had numerous exhibitions around the UK and he work has gained a strong reputation.
2005-08. Nottingham Trent School of Art & Design (BA Hons). 2006. Erasmus in Finland; University of Lapland. 2005. Sculpture and Fresco course; Art Under One Roof, Florence. 2003-04. Norwich School Art & Design (Foundation Diploma). Internships/Residencies: 2012. Residency at SRT, courtesy of Hand in Glove, Bristol. 2010. Rudston Infant School & Curious Minds, Liverpool. Artist in school. 2009-10. New Bridge School, Oldham. Visual Arts Intern. 2009.
The New Art Gallery, Walsall. ’Interrogation’ Project by Longhouse. 2007. Nethergate School, Nottingham. Artist in School. Representing Galleries: - Alexander Gallery, George Street Bath - Tinca Gallery, Portishead, Somerset. - Coldharbour Gallery, Westbury, Bristol Exhibitions: 2013. Take2Art Gallery, Lichfield. 2013. Bristol Affordable Art Fair, represented by Alexander Gallery 2013. Bristol University Botanic Garden Sculpture Event. 2013. Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, represented by Alexander Gallery. 2012. Autumn Open exhibition, RWA, Bristol. 2012. ’Plinth by Plinth’ exhibition, Bath Arts Fringe, Bath. 2012. ‘Snapshot’, Grant Bradley Exhibition, Bristol. 2011. ‘Open Exhibition’ at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 2011. ’What will we do when’. The Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol. 2010. ’Art.on.the.Edge 2?. Glebe Farm, Barnham Broom, Norfolk. 2009. ’Winter Exhibition’ Central Village, Liverpool. 2009. ’Black & White in the Grey Area’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. 2009. ’Not-outer space’, Nexus art café, Manchester. 2008. ’Retold’. M.use, The Art Organisation, Liverpool 2008. ’At Play, Replay’. 204 Gallery, Bristol. 2008. ’EdgeCentrics’. Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool. 2008. ’Art.On.The.Edge’. Glebe Farm, Barnham Broom, Norfolk. 2008. ’Fine Art 08?, Nottingham Trent University. 2008. ’At Play’, Surface Gallery, Nottingham. 2007. ’Tingle Tangle’, Art Event at Jazz Club, Birmingham. 2006. ’No Niin’, Lapland University Art Gallery, Finland. Curated Exhibitions: 2009. ’Stage One: the drawing house’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. 2009. ’Black & White in the Grey Area’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. 2008. ’Retold’ by thirty Biennial volunteers. M.use, The Art Organisation, Liverpool. Design Projects: 2009. Walk the Plank, Manchester. Commission to create Spiders web for ‘Difference Engine’ Theatre Production for Manchester International Festival. 2008. Nottingham Trent University. NTU Stand décor for Fashion Graduate Week at Earls Court, London. Directed by Martin Knox. Skills: Bronze casting: Lost-wax, Inversion Technique developed by David Reid, taught by David Snoo Wilson. Bristol. 2012. Cold-casting: Cold-cast Bronze technician at Artisan Sculpture Workshop, Wickmere, Norfolk. 2006-8 Ceramics: Kiln technician at Grapevine Gallery & Ceramic Workshop, Norwich. 2005. Wood: Casual Apprenticeship with Oak-swill Basket maker, Owen Jones, Cumbria. 2009. Metal: Short Apprenticeship with Blacksmith, Dave Capes. Norfolk. 2008. Languages: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese