Emma is an artist whose unusually varied life history brought her to the practice of art.

Born to British and Mexican parents, she was raised in the post-industrial decline of 1970s northern England, an environment redeemed by the glorious countryside on the doorstep of her native Sheffield. From early childhood until her mid twenties she had little contact with her Mexican mother or her culture, a separation that has heavily influenced her work.

Emma originally chose Medicine as a career: a decision informed by the combination of a lack of perceptive careers advice and a search for security.  Her father’s premature death made her reconsider, and she decided not to continue with Medicine. A growing desire for a creative outlet led to a career as a programme maker at the BBC, but throughout this period there was a growing interest in art, and many independent experiments in making, among other adventures.  Eventually the need to pursue art outweighed the risk of leaving permanent employment. A Foundation course was followed by a Degree in Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School.

Though Emma studied painting, the exploration of an idea through whatever medium is most appropriate is central to her practice.  Assembling objects, documenting through photography, drawing, writing and performative gestures all contribute to the creative process. 

The key concerns in the practice have stemmed from life: the unpredictability of circumstance, absence and presence, the condition of the outsider or foreigner, the marginal and the discontinuous.  Landscape and place; feeling at home in many places and nowhere.

EMMA KATHLEEN THOMAS

1973
Born in Sheffield, England.
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Exhibitions:

2015
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark (5th June – 5th July)
Sculpture Inside, Aarhus, Denmark (5th June – 5th July)

2013
The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. (1st March – 12 May 2013)

2012
City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show, London.

2011
‘ThirtySeven’: Parr St, London.

2011
Art|Unity|Hope: City & Guilds of London Art School, London.

2010
Vault: Lambeth Accord, London.

Education:

2009-2012
City & Guilds of London Art School, BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting (First Class)

2008-2009
City & Guilds of London Art School, Foundation Course in Art & Design

1998-2002
University of London, Birkbeck College, BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies (part-time)

1992-1995
University of Oxford, BA Physiological Sciences (Medicine)

Grants and Awards:

2015
Grosserer L.F.Foghts Fond.
Billedhuggeren Gerhard Hennings Legat.

Collections:

Fieldings Investment Management Ltd.

City & Guilds of London Art School

Robert J. Wadsworth, private collection, London

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