Emma Hart is one of the UK’s most exciting up and coming artists, with a multidisciplinary practice incorporating video, sculpture, and performance. Hart’s work is marked by an anarchic aesthetic that upends and disrupts the viewing process, and captures the confusion, stress and nausea of everyday experience. Recent works combine ceramics with photography to physically corrupt and dirty images, in order to forcefully squeeze more life out of them.

For Folkestone Triennial 2014, Hart’s work occupies a domestic interior on two floors overlooking Tontine street, and draws on the latent anxiety which inhabits the gap between our public and private selves. Hart has taken up the title Lookout by probing how emotions we feel on the inside, such as embarrassment and indecision, interrupt our ambitions to seamlessly present ourselves on the outside. Hart’s sculptures and videos expose and control emotions, the effort sometimes causes them to sweat, as they conceal and reveal their precarious inner states.

Hart was born in 1974 in London, where she continues to live. Solo exhibitions include: Dirty Looks, Camden Arts Centre (2013); M20 Death Drives, Whitstable Biennale (2012); TO DO, Matt’s Gallery, London; (2011) Word Processor, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston (2012); and Jam at Cell Project Space, London (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: Bloody English, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); The World Turned Upside Down, Mead Gallery, Coventry (2013) and Night and Day, Modern Art Oxford (2010). In 2012 Hart was shortlisted for the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella awards. In 2013 she was awarded a Channel Four Random Acts commission (forthcoming in 2014) when shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award.

This is not a wheelchair accessible artwork.

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  1. Posted by Boys Bedroom Furniture on September 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Thanks for finally talking about >Folkestone Triennial

  2. Posted by maureen jordan on October 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Love, love, love this work. …it speaks to me of fragility, balancing acts and, despite what Emma says on her video, fun.

  3. Posted by The Sculpture Question – t/w-alking about and around | Spatial Art School Practices on March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    […] Emma Hart, whose work I’ve loved for a long time and very much relate to in my own practice, was for me the most interesting and compelling speaker. I felt she got far more straight to the point by taking a purely descriptive rather than prescriptive approach – immersively describing her work and its unsettled, somewhat lairy qualities as a way to enter the discussion of sculpture. Emma’s work is based around a daily feeling of anxiety and struggle to articulate, make public and keep up with things. I wouldn’t say that I feel anxious and nervous in the way she does but I very much identify with her struggle to deal with articulating and making the private public. http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/artist/emma-hart/ […]

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