Emma Louise’s first States-based solo show took place in September, in Harlem, New York. Other shows include a solo-show in Melbourne and a collection of group shows in Ireland, London, Melbourne and New York. Her recent London based shows included The Tate Modern -Tate Exchange.
Emma Louise takes the mentality of a crowd as her point of departure. Investigating their movements, her works calls for an awareness of our complacent tendency to follow others, becoming ontological refugees, distanced from our individuality.In her recent choreographed piece, participants form swarms, guided loosely by simple rules. Emma’s art is one of disclosure, using life events as the inspiration for works. She furthers her research through collaborations with the Imperial College of Science and the creation of investigative performance pieces.
Through investigating the tendency of crowds, Emma identified the importance of monuments. A monument is indicative of the focus of a society. Though worshipping of the sun was replaced by worshipping people, it maintains the ability to guide. Her monumental pieces are phenomenon facilitators, acting as vessels for the sunlight to guide us once more. The light commands the piece, which in turn commands the rhythms and motions of the crowd.
Emma Louise was extremely fortunate over lockdown, with her landlord giving her access to an empty warehouse, allowing her degree show piece to come into fruition. The restriction of the lockdown proved beneficial for the progression of her performance work, with social distancing playing a role. Emma Louise's mass-crowd pieces were started pre-corona, yet the stark parallelism between them and the current Pandemic cannot be ignored.