Emilie Atkinson’s practice explores the place of black humour and satire in providing efficacious representations of weighty topics and the current moment. Combining interests in working with illusion, the labelling of objects, and the disregarded properties of things, the work she makes seeks to stage and reframe objects. Through the process of amalgamating and overlaying stories, she creates fantastical tableaus that intend to slow down our digestion of both image and object – reflecting upon the cultural labelling that leads to misconceptions and stereotyping.
Emilie creates meditations on the everyday using simple gestures influenced by photography and lifestyle programming. Through manipulations of both objects and images, both stranger and truer versions of these things emerge and myth is revealed. Through interventions in the gallery and public realm questions on value, needs and desire are raised. These concerns are approached through sculpture, film and photography.
Emilie graduated with a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014 and was awarded the The Lim Ai Fang, Woon Foundation Sculpture and Painting Art Prize for recent graduates that same year. Recent exhibitions include Production Show: Building/Developing/Testing, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017), KUKURUZ, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (2016), Exposition, Unit 9, Clermont-Ferrand (2016), Do You Hear What I Hear? A.I.R. Gallery, New York (2016) and Die Distanz zwischen Dir und Mir, Freies Museum, Berlin (2015). In 2017 Emilie was selected for Master Class 2017 at the Zabludowicz Collection, London and was awarded a Radical Sabbatical Residency with ESP and University of Birmingham.