Artist Focus 30: Emma Dex Dexter

11 October, 2013

Emma Dex Dexter creates new visual perspectives of consciousness within her installations and sculptures, and has exhibited her work internationally.

Emma entered the artistic world at a very young age and grew up in various artist studios in Germany where she developed her interest in art before coming back to England, where she eventually started working as a painter, and later on shifted her artistic focus to sculpting.

After spending four years studying stonemasonry and carving at York Minster, she opened her own studio and began making a living as a stone sculptor. She has been commissioned for a number of projects, including a commission from the National Portrait Gallery.

By using various materials for her sculptures and installations, Emma started to extend her skills. After a series of exhibitions, she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture at West Dean College in Sussex, and was later awarded an artist residency in Las Pozas, poet Edward James’ surreal jungle garden in Mexico.

Emma’s travels and personal experiences have inspired her to create new and different types of work. Her installations and sculptures aim to bring the thought processes of social order to light, as well as to question the bigger issues surrounding the current social, economic and environmental climate.

Alongside fellow Frequency 13 artists Hawre Pshko and Jasim Ghafur, Emma recently became a member of the International BlankAtlas Visual Artists Collective.

Artists have the tools of Revolution

I believe that artists have the tools of Revolution – to subtly or directly expose propaganda and exploitation. Through visual interpretation we can bring to light, question and transcend the bigger issues surrounding the current social/economic and environmental climate, as well as the complex yet senseless global injustices.

In my opinion, our awareness of the world, through the use of daily social media and education, has brought about a virtual mapping of our planet – perceived now as one. The global change of consciousness brings a sense of immanency. This creates a responsibility that concerns each of us individually where we can all explore new and mindful concepts in our approach to valuing humanity alongside nature. – Emma Dex Dexter


Concerned with the nature of capitalism and the belief that a society governed by excessive greed and consumerism has forfeited freedom and trust, UNIVERSAL CABARET is an optical illusion showing scissors dancing a cabaret. Their movements around the currency-covered globe create a tension between the two elements, or images of the piece. The scissors keep on dancing around the suspended globe, establishing its own dimension and time in the context of the piece.

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