What inspires me?
How did I get here?
What am I working on?
Emily McGregor combines the perceptual languages of installation, sculpture, drawing, performance and video to explore transformation.
From Sydney, Australia, McGregor draws stimulus from the fluctuating nature and ozone-charged air of the coast, where change is constant.
An ongoing theme for McGregor is the study of movement. Observation sessions include those generously granted through multiple residencies with the Pre-Professional Year at Sydney Dance Company. McGregor has collaborated with dancers who recorded movements in clay and created video work using ghostly layers to convey duration in an extended present. Additionally, she has transcribed map-like traces of motion at dancers' rehearsals – either recording them as drawings in situ or alternatively distilling and marking from memory, at times employing sound recordings as a catalyst.
Other interdisciplinary works reflect on the slow time and perceptions of plants or express the fugitive marks of time and the elements.
McGregor invites the viewer to notice what they are noticing and to shift attention toward that which is often overlooked.
Her mission is to inspire and be inspired, while evolving and transforming her output through collaboration with values-led initiatives.
McGregor is committed to an ecology positive practice, choosing both sustainable materials and adaptive reuse.
A Bachelor of Fine Art graduate at National Art School, Sydney, McGregor was awarded the Clitheroe Foundation Master of Fine Art Scholarship in 2015. She completed her postgraduate studies, Master of Fine Arts, in 2017. Other awards include Mark Tedeschi QC Prize for Art History in 2013 and Mansfield Ceramics Writing Prize in 2015. She was selected as a finalist in the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture in 2018.
Commissioned by Willoughby Council in Sydney, McGregor held solo exhibition Morphogenesis in 2016.
In 2020, McGregor will exhibit object-based works from her current Ecdysis project, which delves into the realms of the subconscious and exuviates old stories and personas. The audience-funded durational performance, Mutualism Project, will run throughout 2020, with further iterations possible in years to come. It is a values-led project, focusing on reciprocity, love, spreading joy, inspiration, kindness, willingness, generosity and being in integrity. McGregor will visit places people who are doing great things in sustainable living and producing, to learn and get involved, documenting the process. The project has a reciprocal community of Members, who participate by giving their time and attention and Mutualists, who invest in limited edition artworks to fund the project.