Emma Hirsk is an inter-disciplinary visual artist whose site-specific, sculptural works explore the correlation between art and environment; Identity and geography; Physiological experience and imaginative potential.
With a cross-disciplinary practice, Emma's focus is the interface between ‘Environment’ as Nature, and Sculpture as a non-natural mode of review, The context of Environment here is applied in its broadest sense, to include geography, ecology, archaeology, architecture, geology/geomorphology and shared histories.
Born in Belfast in 1975, Emma has exhibited in the USA, UK and Ireland. After participating in residencies with the Ulster University, Belfast, 2001, and the Johnson Atelier, New Jersey, 2003, Emma gained her M.A. Fine Art in 2004 from Northumbria University.
Through her Architectural photographic work, several of the Artist’s images are included in the UAHS publication, Modern Ulster Architecture, by David Evans, 2006.
In 2014/2015, Emma was awarded a place on the Golden Thread Gallery ‘Artist Enhancement Programme’ provided by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
After the completion of a residency with The National Trust, Northern Ireland, Emma has continued to exhibit across the USA, UK and Ireland, including with The ProCreate Project in collaboration with Goldsmiths College, London, and most recently in the Sculpture In Context exhibition, Dublin .
In 2017 Emma was awarded funding from the Arts Council Northern Ireland, in support of a new body of work,
'Dendritic Systems', a sculptural mapping project exploring the psychogeograhy of the source of the River Lagan at Slieve Croob.