Banner image: A sheet of white lined office paper, leaving the margin clear, is filled with a multicoloured pen drawing. In the middle contains a grid of many spirals each made up of two contrasting colours and divided horizontally in the middle.


Latest Shape collaboration: Emelia was one of the Shape Open 2021 artists within the exhibition 'All Bound Together'.

Artist Statement: Emelia Kerr Beale is a Nottingham-born artist currently based in Glasgow. At the moment, they work across drawing, sculpture, and textile to process the complexities of illness and centre experiences of discomfort, pleasure, anxiety, and joy. Through the use of recurring motifs such as birds, spirals, and lines extending outwards, they consider the ways in which imagination and repetition can be coping mechanisms. Their research is rooted in feminist disability studies and queer theory, as well as lived and embodied experience.

As a person with ADHD, they care about celebrating neurodivergent ways of making and thinking as meaningful artistic approaches, and their work is often informed by impulsivity, chaos, and a necessity of means. They are passionate about rejecting gendered neuro-normativity and resisting notions of ‘productivity’ under capitalism that permeate language around neurodiversity at every level, and therefore a lot of their thinking is about rest and the rested body.

A sheet of white lined office paper, leaving the margin clear, is filled with a multicoloured pen drawing. Filling the middle is a large spiral cut in half horizontally, with contrasting colours of pink, blue, green and purple filling the spiral on each side. Surrounding this reads: “SUPPORT SYSTEM” in black pen on an orange background.

'Support System' by Emelia Kerr Beale

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