Artist focus: Emily Crockford Studio A
Emily is a senior artist at Studio A –a social enterprise that provides creative programs, work and exposure for talented adults with a disability. Emily’s work can be seen around Sydney on the hoarding around new buildings.
Whether creating cushioned royal characters from plush, embellished fabric, or painting familiar scenes of still life, Emily Crockford’s artworks balance a series of seeming opposites. Blocks of strong colour sit alongside areas of intricate pattern. An energy of lyrical movement exists simultaneously with a sense of contemplation. Emily’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ stares out poignantly whilst seeming in mid-flight.
At Corban & Blair we hugely admire the work Emily creates- it is bold, evocative and sophisticated. Emily loves to engage with other artists; sharing skills and adventuring to new art studios. In 2013 Emily worked at UNSW Art & Design as a guest artist in Cicada Press, and in 2014 undertook a residency at Koskela. In 2015 Emily was an exhibiting artist in the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island, Sydney in collaboration with artist, Rosie Deacon. In 2016/17 Emily’s artwork ‘Sydney Opera House at Night’ was selected by the City of Sydney to appear on a large hoarding in the centre of the city as part of the Creative Cities project. In 2018 she and collaborator, Rosie Deacon created a large installation for the Project Space in Cement Fondu.
Emily explains ‘I like painting on fabrics and working with guest artists. I like my own techniques, playing and experimenting with different ideas. I want to be a great artist, and experiment.’
Work by Emily is held in various collections including Art Bank. Her biggest works, quite literally, have been her recent hoarding commission for the City of Sydney and a 39m mural for Westpac, completed in October 2018.