Emma Elliott is a British artist whose central themes look at the impermanence and fragility of the natural world - and the transitory nature of human existence. Working primarily across sculpture, painting and video, Elliott explores relationships between the refined and the primitive and the physical and the spiritual; examining the human condition from up close and from afar, honing in on minute anatomical and psychological details and broadly surveying the influences of our collective past on present behaviour, often in the same piece.
The destruction of habitats and ecosystems, our incongruities and hypocrisies and the back-and-forth between enlightened advancements in human evolution and devolution into animalistic behaviour, are all that is played out in Elliott artworks by Elliott. For her, art is a way of exploring that which is instinctive and that which is learnt.
With a classical training in painting and figurative sculpture both in the UK and Italy, Elliott's work hangs in the balance between the classic and the contemporary, the devastating and the ridiculous. She believes art has a duty to wrestle with society and its elements of rigidity.
Elliott prioritises materials with longevity such as bronze and marble in her practice; using marble scavenged from skips or off cuts from large industrial projects to help minimise the ecological impact of working with such materials. Next artist