Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

Emelia Kerr Beale

A black ink drawing of a crowd of people on a white, torn-out sketchbook page. Most of the figures are pictured from the neck or shoulders up and have cartoonish, exaggerated features. They are rendered in scratchy pen lines with cross-hatched shading or no shading at all. The figures are densely packed together with some emerging out of an indistinct shadowy backdrop
suspended on a curved wire frame hung from ceiling knitted cardigans with extra long arms, in a room with wooden flooring, fireplace, wooden sash windows and dark green walls
A coloured pencil drawing depicting a woman with curly hair and a green dress. In her hand she holds a wine glass which is spilling red liquid. Over her left shoulder a swan with teeth bites a lock of her hair.

The images shown above represent the Glasgow International 2024 project that Emelia Kerr Beale is participating in, as well as the artist’s individual practice.

Emelia Kerr Beale works across drawing, sculpture and textile to articulate complex bodily experiences. They are currently interested in historical and contemporary modes of textile production, and the implications this has for machines and the bodies that use them. Other threads in their practice include the transmission of generational knowledge through familial collaboration. Recent exhibitions include There Has to Be Somewhere, Grand Union Gallery, Birmingham 2023, pain folds its legs, Edinburgh Sculpture workshop, Edinburgh 2023, and Platform:2022, Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh 2022.