Art Wall: Emma Coulter

19 August 2023 - 6 May 2024

Emma Coulter responds to the landmark architecture of the Shepparton Art Museum through a new site-specific Art Wall commission titled spatial deconstruction #30 (social fabric).

Drawing upon the idea of SAM being both an ‘art container’ and a communal space for social interaction, Coulter’s multicoloured intervention wraps the Art Wall in a new sculptural form that responds to the building’s architectural elements.

Coulter reinterprets the feelings and elements of the architectural envelope through the lens of her practice, creating a composition that is both uniquely hers and a distinct reflection upon the vertical geometry of the SAM building. Her work, spatial deconstruction #30 (social fabric), marks the 30th in her series of spatial deconstruction works that she has been developing over the last decade.

Featured image: Emma Coulter, spatial deconstruction #18, (doppel symmetrie) (detail), adhocraum, Bochum, Germany. Image courtesy of the artist

Image: Emma Coulter in her studio. Photo by Mia Mala McDonald.

About the Artist

Emma Coulter (b. 1978 Northern Ireland) lives and works between Melbourne and Macedon, Victoria. Coulter works with colour in a repetitive way; through a refined colour palette, she creates her own bold, idiosyncratic spectrum. Through abstraction, site-specificity, and colour, her work navigates cultural structures in consideration of art’s place in society.

Coulter holds a Bachelor of Visual Art and the Built Environment from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2000), and a Master of Contemporary Art from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2015). Coulter’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most recent projects include a large public art commission for Yarrila Place, Coffs Harbour’s new cultural centre (2023) and the recent commission of a 130-metre-long ‘spatial deconstruction’ at City Square, Melbourne, for the Metro Tunnel creative program (2021); as well as public art commissions for Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne (2021), and QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2021). Emma Coulter is represented by James Makin Gallery in Melbourne.

Curator: Jessica O'Farrell, Exhibitions Curator

Location: Furphy Family Art Wall, Level 4