Dr Emma Lindsay (b.1973, Newcastle, Australia) is an Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland, whose research-based paintings and interdisciplinary projects interweave visual and scientific data from the fields of art, extinction, cultural history, ecology and environmental science.
Lindsay’s projects emerge out of explorative fieldwork to global natural history archives and remote locations where threatened and endangered species, climate change, extreme weather events, and the impact of human anthropogenic activities can be seen firsthand. Her work critiques our ongoing Post-Romantic perception of ‘Nature’ and wilderness, at this time of the Anthropocene: particularly the myth and representation of a separate from culture wild ‘Nature’ untouched by human hands, perpetuated by historical and contemporary wildlife publishers, public institutions, art genres, and documentary broadcasters. Recent works question our fraught relationship with the environment, and make visible some of the often invisible threatened species at risk from the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event.
The artists’ most recent solo exhibition, Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project, made by invitation for Artspace Mackay, was shown November 2017- February 2018. The paintings, single channel video, photographs and research blog revealed symbiotic species relationships encountered during field trips made over 9 months down the length of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, and documented the effects of plastic pollution, Cyclone Debbie, and major coral bleaching events of 2016 and 2017 seen at various sites.
Overall winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Lindsay is a 2018 Sunshine Coast Art Prize finalist, and has been a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. The artist has been awarded residencies with: BAER Art Centre Artist Center, Iceland; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Murray’s Cottage Residency; and Point B Worklodge, New York. Since 2009 she has also been awarded major grants from the Australia Council, Australian American Association, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, and an RMIT Post-Graduate scholarship.
Recently, Lindsay was selected as one of 20 global artists for The Dean Collection‘s inaugural 2018 TDC20 St(Art)up program, and is now working on a new exhibition project to be delivered in Brisbane, June 2019.
Emma Lindsay’s work is held in the public collections of the UQ Art Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Council, World Museum Liverpool, Queensland Museum, Baer Art Center (Iceland), and in private collections in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, Germany, UK, and the USA.