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Show RCA 2019

Emily Platzer

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Major project:

Painting Is a Journey

Each work is made in one visit and is an immersive, sensory engagement held within the materiality of paint. I explore a connection between the practice of shamanic journeying and painting. These shapes and colours are experience and they are led by the rhythm of a drum.


  • My paintings are made by combining pigment and rabbit skin glue, a technique developed from the tradition of distemper. There is a dual relationship between shamanic practice and the paintings, each practice begins by stating an intention or asking a question, followed by a journey that is both a sensory and imaginative immersion. I am led by the rhythm of a tool; either the drum or the brush. The resulting paintings are experiential journeys, a temporal space is created between entering and exiting the canvas and this is where the painting is made, in one visit.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University, 2011
  • Experiences

  • The Fine Art Collective, ColArt Studio Residency, 2019
  • Exhibitions

  • 'The Summer Will Have Its Flies', Subsidiary Projects, London, 2019; 'Artworks Open', Barbican Trust, London, 2018; 'From this time', Unchained, Ione and Mann, London, 2018; 'Something Else', Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2018
  • Publications

  • 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames and Hudson, 2015
  • Funding

  • Ali H. Alkazzi Scholarship
Royal College of Art