Raised in Oakland, California, Emily immigrated to Australia in 2006 and now lives between downtown Sydney and Gunning NSW. Her art practice centres on the co-option and refraction of her visual surrounds for inclusion in her personal narrative, in acrylic paint on wood board. Her work splits into two broad streams – Country and City – representing the duality of her Australian experience. Emily was selected as a finalist in the 2018 Mosman Art Prize for her depiction of Sydney’s historic harbourscape.

“My current work is about sharing my perception of the City around me: these are the visual narratives that collectively prescribe how I experience my life in Sydney. In turn, my aim is to refract these personal surrounds back through my painting, so that a viewer can participate in the act of looking with me.

‘Familiar City’ captures a series of ephemeral moments from the spring of 2018 – building, destroying, budding, growing; the old and the new; moments that will cycle again, some that will never be repeated and cannot be recovered.

There are brief and rare moments of seeing – through a door left open, down a back alley – but also subjects that may be depicted countless times in broad terms – Sydney’s Harbour or landmarks – presented in a manner that I hope is unexpected and provides insight into the way I occupy the same spaces as millions of others have, do and will.”

~ Emily Gordon, 2019.

Click on images below to view full size. All works are framed in Tasmanian Oak.

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