Emma Pinsent
Bio & CV

A Leaky Exchange
Emma Pinsent and Billie Baker
May - June 2023
Sawtooth ARI, Launceston

errant form
2 - 19 February 2023
Tiles, Lewisham

Cool Change (In the middle of a heat wave)
Curated by Floorplan Studio
18 - 22 January 2023
Abstract Thoughts

Fouls of the beach
Facilitated by Nextdoor Ari
1 - 4 December 2022
House Conspiracy, Brisbane

Is it black and white...
Curated by Claire de Carteret
13 - 29 May 2021 
Stanley Street Gallery

Matters of adornment
6 - 22 March 2020
AIRspace Projects

Wait, What?
11 - 21 December 2019
107, Redfren

Weird Becomings
3 - 14 December 2019
The Annual, UNSW Galleries

The Mediated Body
14 August 2019
Down / Under Space

Curated by Fork x Mucusbubble
3 August 2018

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Matters of adornment, 2022, Paper pulp, paper mâché, plaster, wood, wire and acrylic paint, dimensions variable. Installation images at AIRspace Projects, NSW. Photo Document Photography

Matters of Adornment
6-22 March 2020
Solo exhibition
AIRspace Projects, Gadigal and Wangal land (Marrickville, NSW) 

Matters of Adornment is a body of work that functions as an intermediate between architecture and the body — an organic, playful and supple reinterpretation of the often angular ornamental designs found in the plaster and cast iron work of western classical buildings. Using both contemporary and outmoded materials common to these spaces; a combination of gypsum products, paper pulp, papier-mâché (or carton pierre) and steel; Emma Pinsent reimagines these ubiquitous motifs as tubular, sculptural reliefs.

In order to reconfigure the original designs, Pinsent builds the sculptures out of elongated appendages that loop and twist in and out of one another; giving the form a length and roundedness much like that of limbs. In turn, she actively seeks out a review of the original designs through a familiar, bodily sensibility and thus a point of tangible relativity, to which she believes is absent in the rigid, antiquated embellishments of Victorian-style architecture. By pushing the boundaries of ornamental materials, Matters of Adornment acts as a rumination on the value of matter and a re-thinking of the static and arguably fallible narratives tied to western classical styles of architecture.