EMMELY ELGERSMA IS A SCULPTOR, CERAMIST AND FOOTBALL COACH

BASED IN LONDON

B. 1990 NETHERLANDS

Surrounded by buckets of PVA glue and stacks of newspapers, Emmely Elgersma uses her studio like a surreal kitchen, concocting wonky sculptures and wobbly objects that look good enough to eat (but probably don't taste very good). Creating clay from kitchen products and papier-mâché out of household chemicals, Elgersma's work is rooted in her formal training as a ceramicist, just with a couple of jokes thrown in. The result is an exploration of what vessels mean to us as human beings, like those old Roman pots they keep digging out of holes in Wiltshire but bright pink or baby blue, and full of the heady power of everyday emotions, like the memory of winning the World Cup in 1966 or drinking afternoon tea with your nan.

 

She is absolutely serious and utterly unserious at the same time. Currently, she's waiting to see if she's made it into the Guinness World Record books for making the biggest ever papier-mâché sculpture back in February 2019. It was very, very big. Too big, if anything. She's recently completed her FA Level 1 coaching qualification so will happily tell you why 4-4-2 is more effective with a diamond and inverted wingers. The result is a joyous collision of colour, history, football and ceramics.

 

EDUCATION:

MA Fine Art Chelsea College of Arts, 2017

BA Textile Design Central St Martins, 2012

PUBLICATIONS:

Elephant West Frieze Healing Day

Oliver Holms

Het Parool

Time Out

 

Elephant Magazine 

Kickstarter Podcast

The Guardian 250th Summer Exhibition

Lenara Choudhury: Meet the Artist

UAL In the Studio

Contributor Magazine

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2020

  • Mettle - group show w/ Luca Bosani, Gianna Dispenza, Roberto Ekholn, Lana Locke, Evie O'Connor, Paul Vivian + Lulu Williams @The Function Suite E15

  • 'Joyce' - Brewdog Commission @Dogtap Ellon

  • Private Lounge 116 - The Columbia Hotel, Kensington

2019

  • BIRD IN A BIRD IN A BIRD - duo show with Winnie Hall @Art Lacuna

  • ArtWorks Open 2019 - Barbican Arts Group Trust

  • Welcome Home, Healing day - Elephant West

  • PUB: duo show with Jo Kitchen @The Function Rooms NW1

  • ULTRA: Art for the Womens World Cup presented by OOF - group show w/ Lydia Blakeley, Juno Calypso, Emma Cousin, Georgia Lucas-Going, Rosie McGinn, Rhiannon Rebecca Salisbury. Gray Wielebinski @J Hammond Projects

  • 'The Biggest' Winsor & Newton Gallery

  • Biggest Papier-Mache Pot World Record Attempt with Limbo Gallery, Peckham

  • '100 Vessels Without a Kiln' https://elephant.art/residencies-home/

2018

  • Secret Art Sale 2018

  • Art Car Boot Fair, Granary Square Kings Cross

  • Royal Academy 250th Summer Show

  • 'Harbingers' - Clerkenwell Design Week

 

2017

  • ‘On the Rocks’ Space Gallery, Folkestone Triennial

  • MA Summer Show, Chelsea College of Arts

  • ‘Same Name, Different Spelling’ MAFA Gallery - Duo Show w/ Emily Durtnall 

  • ‘Pot Luck’ Chelsea College of Arts

  • Side Room presents Brian Dawn Chalkley

  • ‘Make Up’ - Group Show @Highgate Gallery

  • ‘In Transit’ Interim Show - Group Show @Chelsea Triangle Space                                                                                             

2016

  • 'Head 2 Head' – Group Show @Punctum Gallery

  • Susak Expo 16 - Group Show, Croatia

SHORTLISTED:

Delphian Open Call 2019

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017
CBRE Spitalfields Public Sculpture Award

 

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