The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space. The word inhabitant contains the root habit (dress) and implies a habitat (dwelling) and my work often has this double function of being both shelter and clothing. The shelters are an expression of the layers that we surround ourselves with. Increasingly my work is worn or performed, using somewhat absurd spaces and sculptures constructed specifically to fit my body.
Emily Speed (born 1979) is based at The Royal Standard in Liverpool. Speed studied for a BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh College of Art (1997 – 2001) before completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art (2005-2006). During 2016 she will have solo exhibitions at TRUCK, Calgary and will present a major new commission at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Plymouth Art Centre, Oredaria Gallery, Rome; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2014/15 In October 2014, Speed was resident at the British School at Rome as the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar (drawing). In 2013 she exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester alongside Hayley Newman and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize.