Emma Elliott

Emma Elliott creates powerful protest pieces. Moved by the devastating losses to elephant and rhino populations from illegal and brutal poaching, Emma felt compelled to dedicate a selection of her work to the distressing decline of some of the planet’s most magnificent creatures.  Emma reveals the conflict between the natural world and our own impact on the environment, highlighting the impermanence and fragility of the natural ecosystem. Reducing her ideas to raw, visceral images, Emma also used a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Yad Vashem, Israel as inspiration for her piece, Reconciliation. In this work, beauty and ugliness are united into a concrete unity as Jesus and a Holocaust survivor share mutual wounds; their suffering and survival intertwined.

Born in 1983, Emma Elliott studied art in Florence and received classical training in portraiture. It was only after she moved back to the UK that she began to build a conceptual portfolio of sculptural work. She has now been working with marble since 2012. Since then her work has continued to develop, often as an emotional response to her own experiences. Recognition of her work includes the Winter Pride 2014 and Passion for Freedom 2015 awards and her work is also held in a number of prestigious public and private collections. Emma won our second on form bursary this year, for sculptors under 35 who are working in stone.


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