Camilla Emson

Biography

Emson’s multidisciplinary practice is concerned with the play, participation and performance of making. She often re-appropriates the tools of artisans or finds unknown tools/props to create.

Emson is an artist, dance movement psychotherapist and somatic experiencing practitioner and is motivated by cutting edge research that says we remain plastic throughout life. The work she creates is formed out of a devotion to material malleability and human plasticity.

In her multi and cross-disciplinary practice, Emson always returns to the body as an intelligent and self-regulating vessel. The body can become stuck or frozen by the traumas of life and the “numbing agents” of modern living. Her play with tools deliberately re-introduces the body in space in an attempt re-engage and re-member.

In her most recent work Steps to Recovery, 2016 commissioned by Paul van Zyl (41 Conduit Street), Emson collaborated with a safe house for recovering addicts to block-print and sew 30 meters of muslin using tools she sourced in India, which was then suspended from copper pipes.

 

Solo Shows

2013 Fibrosis Gallery Nosco New York

2011 Gateways The Crate Gallery London

Group Shows

2017

The House of Penelope curated by Alix Janta and Lauren Jones London

Steps to Recovery Maiyet, 41 Conduit Street (installation commission)

An Irregular Network of Passages LambArts curated by Roya Sachs London

Art Barter Dubai

 

2015

Salt Made Visible Rosewood London (installation)

The Behaviour of Being The Cob Gallery London

Infero Rook and Raven London

 

2014

Land Art Road Trip Leila Heller Gallery New York

Shapeshifters Slyzmud Gallery Buenos Aires

Identity Rook and Raven Gallery London

St Moritz Art Masters –INDIA St. Moritz

Undissolved Sculpture/Performance Chelsea/Goldsmiths Collaboration Project, Cookhouse Gallery

Drawing into Sculpture Griffin Gallery London

Future Flesh Gallery 223 (artist-led project) London

Art14 Gallery Nosco London

London Art Fair LAMB Arts

Heart As Informer Gerson Zevi | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

2013

Intimate Frameless Gallery London

Art Licks Weekend | Performance Programme MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art London

Totem AirSpace Gallery Stoke

The London Project Gerson Zevi & Alma Zevi London

The London Group The Cello Factory London

Binary Largo Das Artes Rio de Janiero

Building Bridges Fundacion Rozenblum Buenos Aires

 

2012

Once I Was a House curated by Deborah Shahar Tel Aviv

Vieraat Arteles Finland

ArtRio Gallery Nosco Rio de Janeiro

Less is More Gallery Nosco London

The Crypt St Pancreas Church London

The Sublime Body The Parlour Arts Project Space London

Verging Frameless Gallery London

 

2011

MA Degree Show City & Guilds of London Art School London

Art/Unity/Hope Art Event in support of the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund

Painting Show 20 Hoxton Square Projects London

 

RESIDENCIES

2016

Breath of Life Sanctuary Sri Lanka

2015

The Beekeepers (in Collaboration with Cob Gallery, London) Portugal

2014

Ibiza Contact Festival

2013

Gerson Zevi Land Art Road Trip United States

BSM Fundacion Rozenblum Buenos Aries

2012

Arteles Center Finland

 

EDUCATION:

2013 – 2017 Goldsmiths University Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

2013 – 2016 SOSinternationale Somatic Experiencing Training (SEP), London.

2010 – 2011 Regents College of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology

City & Guilds Masters in Fine Art & Sculpture (2:1)

Onsite Workshops Experiential Training Institute Arizona

2007 – 2010 Sussex University BA Joint Honours Philosophy & I.R (2:1)

2004 – 2005 Art Foundation Chelsea | New York F