Emma Louise Pratt
Emma is known for her landscape based work where she explores specific landscapes that convey significance to her either for their historical or personal importance, serving as they always have, as a personal travel map.
Emma views herself as part of "the wandering folk." Descendant
of migrants, and a migrant herself, she always finds herself in the
position of the visitor, the outsider, the other. She explores in
her work the multifaceted tensions and shifting borders of what
identity is in a global present. This reflection is also informed
by her training in museology and love of history, both geological
and human. She is fascinated by her own children's identity as both
children of a foreign mother and local father, living, as they
presently do, where their ancestors have lived for thousands of
years, a state of belonging that she admits to wishing for
With this knowledge and quiet observation of everyday life
around her, she interweaves her stories and stories of the land
where she presently lives. Her children often collaborate in the
making of the images she finally arrives at. Echoes of their
drawing and mark making, either free of directed, can be seen in
Emma is involved with the Visual Arts Circle, a group of
language teaching practitioners with an interest in multi-modal
literacy and explores the concept of being an artist educator.
Emma has exhibited through Whitespace in Auckland, New Zealand
since 2005. She began exhibiting her work in TJFA in Palmerston
North in 2001. Her 2005 work "The Stations of the Cross" can be
found in Saint Andrews in the City, in her home town of Palmerston
North, New Zealand.
b. 1972, Taihape, Aotearoa New Zealand
Emma Louise Pratt studied at Ilam School of Fine Art, Canterbury
University, New Zealand. She has been the runner up in the Molly
Morpeth Canaday Award (2005), and a finalist in the Norsewear Award
(2007) in New Zealand and finalist in the Focus Abengoa
International Painting Prize, Spain (2014).
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