Emma Pinsent is an artist working and living between the unceded lands of the Arakwal-Bundjalung people (Northern New South Wales) and Gadigal-Bidjigal people (Sydney) in the colony called Australia. Her practice explores porosity and entanglement between humans and nonhuman nature in the ongoing climate crisis. The transformation of waste forms an important facet of her process; she is interested in how residual materials from our surrounding environment and local industries can be reconfigured to reveal complex interdependencies within place. Her process is led by preliminary methods of fieldwork and walking, where the ethical and ecological implications of different sites shape her artistic responses. Engagements with ecology, weather, anthropogenic waste and infrastructure are reconfigured into poetic installations that invite contemplation of porous borders and the precarity of the rapidly changing environment. In 2019 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at UNSW: Art & Design, and in 2022 began a PhD (Art & Design) at the same institution supported by the Australian Government RTP Scholarship. She has presented in group, duo and solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Tasmania at publically funded ARI spaces and a commercial gallery. She has been a finalist in a number of awards.

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands from which I live, work, and learn, the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation and the Gadigal and Bidjigal people of the Eora Nation. I also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the coastal beaches and wetlands from which I grew up, the Darkinjung people. I pay my deep respect to their millennia-old stories, culture and ongoing custodianship of Country. I pay my respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. 


Portfolio of selected work (PDF)

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