EMILY HUNT

Emily Hunt (b. 1981, Sydney) works in printmaking (primarily etching), watercolour, collage and ceramics. She has a deep interest in the history, aesthetics and moral content of German Renaissance print-making, caricature and absurdist and satirical publications. The latter is a domain that has enabled her to combine all her interests.

Hunt is currently undertaking a nine-month ceramics residency at Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems, Germany. In late 2016, she spent several weeks in Jaipur, India, studying under the tutelage of master miniature painter, Ajay Sharma. Both periods of study – Bad Ems and Jaipur - were enabled by a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship. Hunt completed her Master of Fine Arts (Print Media) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2012. In 2011, she undertook an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship and studied ceramics at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst in Ghent, Belgium. In 2013, she undertook a mentorship at the Zentrum für Keramik (Center for Ceramics) in Berlin where she worked with ceramics master, Thomas Hirschler.

Solo exhibitions include Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence (2015) at The Commercial, Sydney; Soiled at The Commercial, Sydney (2013/2014); The Meister of New Holland, Ratskeller Litchenberg, Berlin (2009) and One Hundred Years War at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2007). In February 2013, Hunt was in a three-person, self-curated exhibition, Two-Dollar Pareidolia, at Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney with Matthew Hopkins and Vicki Papageorgopoulos.

Group exhibitions include Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney (2016); Mnemonic Mirror, curated by Gary Carsley and Kylie Banyard, UTS Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2016); Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists, curated by Mikala Dwyer, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2014); National Self-Portrait Prize, curated by Michael Desmond at UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; Mind the Gap, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2014); Sideshow, curated by Isobel Parker Phillip at UTS Gallery, The University of Technology Sydney, Sydney (2014), Face Off curated by Hunt at Wellington St Projects, Sydney (2013), Brown Matter at the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney (2013), EVOLUTION at 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney (2013), Feminage – the logic of feminist collage curated by Jo Holder at Cross Art Projects, Sydney (2012), Underseeboot at the Phillip Geist Project Space, Berlin (2009), OBLIVION PAVILION curated by Amanda Rowell at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2008).

Her work is in the collections of Artbank and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia, Perth and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Between 2006 and 2009, Hunt produced a collaborative satirical journal with fellow artist, Raquel Welch (Caballero) called DUKE Magazine. Five issues of DUKE were published (2000 copies each). It employed absurdist visual and written material and abused 1970s and 1980s kitsch sources. DUKE was a spoof on traditional and current magazines. It made a significant cultural impact in Sydney during the years of its activity. In 2015, Hunt and Welch launched Big Ego Books, an online book repository for hard-to-find and unusual vintage titles specialising in art, photography, counterculture and erotic publications. Big Ego Books operates online and also from a physical store located in Sydney’s King Cross Car Park.