An artist and academic based in London, Emma is represented by galleries in Düsseldorf, Amsterdam and Basel and works closely with Arcadia Missa London/NYC
Following a BA Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (1991) and MA Painting RCA (1995), Emma was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome (1996).
Recent solo exhibitions include Woman-Snake-Bird Galerie Onrust Amsterdam (2018), Stained With Marks Of Love Arcadia Missa NY (2017), Open Thoughts Neuer Aachener Kunstverein Aachen (2017), Time After Time Petra Rinck Galerie Düsseldorf (2016), Unravel These Knots Freud Museum London (2015). Recent group exhibitions include A Journey With ‘the Waste Land’ Turner Contemporary Margate (2018), Virginia Woolf Tate St Ives touring to Pallant House Gallery and Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge (2018), MAC International Ulster Bank Prize Belfast (2017), CONDO Arcadia Missa (2017), Comic Tragics Art Gallery Of Western Australia Perth (2016).
Her work has recently been featured in Kunstforum, Frieze, Flash Art and by Rudi Fuchs in De Groene Amsterdammer. Her work is included collections such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,UK, KRC Collection NL, Museum of Arnhem, NL, Fries Museum, NL, David Roberts Collection, UK, AGWA Australia, Wilhelm Schürmann Collection, D.
Emma has taught BA and MA Fine Art at many UK institutions including Goldsmiths, The Slade, Camberwell College of Art, Middlesex University London, Wimbledon College of Arts, Ulster University, De Montford University, University of Brighton. She held a permanent post in Painting at Northumbria University (1997–8), was Head of Painting and Field Chair BA Fine Art at University of Gloucestershire (1998–2003) and 2D Pathway Leader and Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins UAL (2003–17).
The research explores how painting can find forms that contain simultaneous reference to inner and outer worlds of lived experience and hold a number of interrelated thoughts. In the resulting works the intimate and personal are cast into the context of prevalent contemporary concerns.
Emma’s research is focused on intimacy and personal narrative. Her work and writing in academic journals identifies that in the post-digital era, where most external spaces and events are digitally documented, the layered web of conscious and unconscious thought cannot (yet) be digitally recorded. Noting that structures of image and temporality in memory and dreams do not correspond to dominant notions of realism, Emma examines the appropriateness of intuitive and inventive visual languages as a means of representing the associative operations that unravel the interior world. Her considerations are positioned in reference to (among others) Cixous, Badiou, Irigary and Ricoeur.
Emma’s work and research explores visual autobiography. Through drawing, painting, installation and 3-dimensional making, she articulates internal narratives as visual poems, or associative ruminations, based on her own experience-memories and psychological projections.
The imagery in the work is direct and hand-drawn, resulting in immediate, open, inventive representations of what is seen in the mind’s eye.
Incorporating her own writing and references/quotes from other sources, Talbot combines painted text, depiction, mark making and pattern to shift the registers and readings of her work between the symbolic, the metaphoric and the everyday.
The relationship between the physical presence of the work and the fleeting nature of the subject is considered through particular materials – drawings on thin, hand-made papers are folded, the painted works are made directly onto silk, which is sewn in sections to make hangings or installations. Her three-dimensional pieces are constructed by hand with simple processes, such as papier-mâché, and sewn soft forms.
Despite the direct and simple nature of the processes, the work considers complex issues such as the personal as political, social politics, gender, the ‘natural world’, our intimacy with technology, and language.
(2018) V18, Arts Council Malta and British Council: Funding for Transformer Project (Co-Curator), a multi-site curatorial project involving a network of artist run organisations from North Africa, Greece, Malta and Spain, for Valletta, City Of Culture 2018.
(2016, 2015) UAL RAW: Funding for Intimacy Unguarded Symposia, with matched funding from Freud Museum London and Raven Row.
(1995–6) Rome Scholarship, British School at Rome.
(2018) The Bryan Robertson Trust Award
(2018) Griffelkunst Graphic Edition Award (Hamburg, Germany): Artist residency and funded award to make six editions of prints to be exhibited throughout Germany in 2018/19. The first exhibition will be Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf in November 2018.
(1996) Bob and Susan Summers Studio Award, Connecticut USA.
(1995–1996) Rome Scholarship, British School at Rome.
Current and recent projects
Emma runs the research project ‘Intimacy Unguarded’ (with Dr Jo Morra), which examines how the personal can be material for art and writing. The project has hosted a number of public Symposia, seminar series and events at UAL (2015, 2016), Tate (2017) and the Freud Museum (2016). Material from the project is collated in a guest-edited issue of the Journal of Visual Art Practice (2018).
Emma co-devised and curated a major art project, Transformer, for Valletta (Malta), City of Culture, which will culminate in a multi-site exhibition in Malta in 2018.
The project is two-fold; forming a sustainable network of artist run organisations (AROs) from North Africa, Athens and Malta and commissioning artists involved with the AROs to produce new artworks for the exhibition. The artworks were realized following the artist’s participation in research residencies focusing on particular sites of transformation and their communities in the developing city of Valletta,
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
One Person Exhibitions
Emma Talbot, Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel
Woman-Snake-Bird, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Open Thoughts Neuer, Aachener Kunstverein, Germany
Stained With Marks Of Love, Arcadia Missa, NYC
The World Blown Apart, Galerie Onrust Amsterdam
Time After Time, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf
Entrances and Exits, Gallery 22, Bristol
Unravel These Knots, Freud Museum, London
Step Inside Love, domobaal, London
Memories Turn To Dusk, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf
Means Of Escape, Mrs Ricks’ Cupboard, Primary, Nottingham
Bad Objects, Little Deaths, Transition Gallery, London
You would Cry Too If It Happened To You, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp
A Sheffield Song Bloc, Sheffield
Pictures From My Heart, Transition Gallery, London
Journeys With ‘The Waste Land’ , Turner Contemporary, Margate
Virginia Woolf, Tate St Ives (touring to Pallant House Gallery and Fitzwilliam Museum in 2018)
Some Islands, Coleman Projects, London
CONDO. Arcadia Missa, London
MAC International Ulster Bank Prize, MAC Belfast (2016–2017)
Telling Tales, Collyer Bristow, London
Ghost On A Wire, Objectifs centre For Photography and Film, Singapore
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Comic Tragics, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Endgame, Turps Gallery, London
In Neuen Raumen, Petra RInck Galerie, Düsseldorf
DRKRM DAM, gallery, Germany
Graphics Interchange Format: 25 years of Focal Point Gallery, Southend–on–Sea, UK
To Go Too Far, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
In Miniature, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Mind The Gap, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Drawn Together: Artist as Selector, celebrating 20 years of The Jerwood Drawing, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
Notte Bianca Valletta, City Lights, Valletta, Malta
Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, Exeter Phoenix, Hayward Touring, UK
(detail), H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Atomic, Transition Gallery, London
Art Britannia, Madonna Building, Miami, USA
Drawing Now, Kusseneers Gallery, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Random House, Arcadia Missa, London
All the Dead Dears, WW Gallery, London
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
I wish you well, Vegas Gallery, London
The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon Space, London, Spacex, Exeter, UK
Me and My Shadow, Kate MacGarry, London
Told, Hales Gallery, London
The Life of the Mind, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
Outrageous Fortune, Focal Point Gallery, Southend/Hayward Touring, curated by Andrew Hunt, UK
Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London
Party!, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
Family Viewing & Broodwork Project, Trajector, Bloom Hotel, Brussels
Dough & Dynamite McAslan + Partners, London, curated by Kobets/Vasey
Untitled, Nieves Zine at No.12 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Peer Reviewed Articles
Talbot, E. (2018) ‘Overstepping the boundaries: notes on intimacy’Journal ofVisual Art Practice, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 195–212
Talbot.E, (2017) ‘Coming To Painting’ Journal of Contemporary Painting (Intellect) Volume 3, Numbers 1–2, pp 119–136
Talbot,E. (2015) ‘The Unscripted Image’ Journal of Contemporary Painting (Intellect) Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 91–106
Features in Publications
Malbert, R. (2015) Drawing People, The Human Figure in Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson
Beers, K. (2015) 100 Painters of Tomorrow Thames and Hudson
- External Examiner for Northumbria University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, and previously for the Royal Collage of Art.
- Judge of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Sunny Dupree Family Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition