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Emily Floyd

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20022019
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Biography

Education and knowledge are key themes in the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd (born 1972). In a practice that encompasses public art, sculpture and printmaking, interaction is a fundamental part of the process of engagement for the artist. Floyd frequently works with language and texts in unexpected ways, meticulously considering elements such as font and colour, shape and size, material and movement to create works that not only engage the senses but also serve to initiate discussions about contemporary social, cultural and political ideas.

Emily Floyd's work is held in museum collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gallery of Modern Art Queensland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Group exhibitions include Colour Bazaar at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 10 Ways to look at the Past, NGV Melbourne, Kindness: Undarta at The Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Home and Away at the Australian Embassy Washington DC. Solo projects include exhibitions New Graphic Sculpture at Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney and a major Building Commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Floyd has completed several large scale public sculptures, including New Ways of Thinking at Melbourne's Docklands and Public Art Strategy for Eastlink Motorway.

Most recently she was awarded the inaugural Monash University Museum of Art Ian Potter Sculpture Commission. This Place Will Always Be Open explores the role and legacy of the university campus (and museum) as a site of political potential. Drawing its title and conceptual framework from the experimental student struggles at Monash University during the 1960s and '70s, and incorporating a series of activities and publications instigated by Floyd, this work serves as a space for social encounter - reinvoking a utopian spirit that is open, inclusive, free, provisional and generative.

Emily Floyd is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2002 2018

  • 51 Commissioned or Visual Artwork
  • 3 Curation
  • 1 Design / Architecture

'Icelandic Puffins' - SM - 'Divided Worlds'

Floyd, E., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Temple of the female eunuch' - SM - 'The shape of things to come'

Floyd, E., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

A Human Scale

Floyd, E., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

'Cultural Studies Reader' - SM - 'Collective Vision 130 Years'

Floyd, E., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

'Field Libraries' - SM - 'Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art

Floyd, E., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

Activities 2014 2018

  • 10 Acquisition
  • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Public outreach
  • 1 Public event

Panel Discussion: 'Art and the World we Know'

Maria Zagala (Host), Emily Floyd (Contributor), Vernon Ah Kee (Contributor), Patrick Pound (Contributor)
4 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Emily Floyd and Mary Featherston in conversation at ACCA

Emily Floyd (Contributor), Mary Featherston (Contributor)
2018 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Workshop: Invented languages

Emily Floyd (Contributor)
18 Apr 201720 Apr 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Acquisition: 'Untitled' (2001)

Emily Floyd (Producer)
2017 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsAcquisition

Kesh Letterpress Block Printing Workshop

Emily Floyd (Contributor), Michael Kempson (Contributor)
8 May 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Press / Media

FRIEZE.COM: 'Keg de Souza's Sense of Community'

Emily Margaret Floyd

18/07/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature