Emma develops artwork through a process of dialogue, collaboration and collective research. Her work considers questions about the work made from these explorations such as authorship, cross disciplinary knowledge production and communication across disciplinary languages.
Her primary research during the residency is made in collaboration with Dr. Fred Cummins, School of Computer Science & Informatics. They share and interest in the way people connect and communicate with others and ultimately how it determines the quality of our lives.
"Fred and I are researching what happens when people speak collectively, including in group prayer, in political demonstrations and chants. Fred’s interest stems from scientific work on speech, in the course of which he has come to regard what happens in the brain in joint, or choral speech as a neglected topic worthy of study. My interest stems from the way we connect and communicate with each other framed by our collective nature and what kinds of knowledge collective communication can produce. "
Emma and Dr. Cummins have been working together on screen prints, digital images and photography and video experiments. They have been using video in both documentary and performance based formats, combining live action with static projections, improvisation and language.
Emma has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow County Council, Carlow County Council, Kildare County Council, The Open Window Project, and Pfizer Ireland. Her work has been shown in Dublin, Belfast, Germany, U.K, L.A. and Copenhagen and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD.
Most recently she has established a new residency in The School of Midwifery at UCD and will be working with midwives, mothers, staff and students on the importance of communication in childbirth. Her most recent commission was a per cent for Art Commission, Panchaea: In Search of an Equal Utopia and a Willing Suspension of Disbelief. This was a two-year engagement with the local community of Carlow the HSE, Denis Roche and Brian Maguire, exploring themes of identity, location and visibility for people using the mental health service in Carlow. This work was shown as part of Visual Carlow in April 2013.