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(1991) lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia


Emily Simek uses an expanded practice in digital art, sculpture, installation and gardening to explore what constitutes a lifespan and the conditions that sustain lively ecologies. Her practice engages with the agency of materials and their interdependent relationships. Materials, living beings and technologies are approached as collaborators and companions during processes in art making.

Emily Simek’s artistic practice cross-pollinates with her work as a paediatric physiotherapist and home gardener. She is an artist in residence in the Siteworks Community Garden and is jointly undertaking the 2022 Art + Ecology Residency (Centre of Visual Art) with Environmental Scientist Rose Faragher.

Education
Master of Contemporary Art, VCA (2022)
Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, VCA (2015)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Monash University (2013)

Residencies
2022 Art + Ecology, Centre of Visual Art (CoVA), University of Melbourne
2022 Making Space, Merri-bek City Council
2021 - 22 Compost Residency, Siteworks, Brunswick
2020 Interbeing, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions
2022 Remix, Ceres Community Garden, Brunswick East
2022 Worm Care, Siteworks, Brunswick
2021  Limber, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2021  Nutrient Cycling, Mud Festival, University of Melbourne
2020 Dispersion, Online Group Practice Event 
2020 Pink Glitch, VCA Project Space 
2018  Number 8 is Yellow, The Stables Studio Space, Princes Hill

Group Exhibitions
2022 Merri-bek Summer Show, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2022 Evanesce, curated by Centre for Projection Art at Climarte Gallery, Richmond
2022 Projection Art Masterclass, Meat Market Stables, North Melbourne
2021  Composting... MCA Graduate Exhibition, University of Melbourne
2021  FORT EARTH, Marfa Gallery, Abbotsford
2021  The Darkest Night, The Old Bar, Fitzroy
2021  From Where I Stand #3, VCA Student Gallery
2020 3 x 3, @vcaartspace
2019  Street, Noir Darkroom, Coburg
2018  Black Cell, The Stables Studio Space, Princes Hill
2015  Graduate Exhibition, VCA Student Gallery
2009 Top Shots, Monash Gallery of Art, Wheeler’s Hill
2008 Top Arts, Ian Potter Center, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Publications
2022 How to Make Digital Compost, essay
2022 Duty of Care: Morwenna Schenck, e-zine, exhibition text
2022 Worm Care, illustrated zine, collaboration with Leanne Bock

Awards
2022 Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2021 Lionel Gell Foundation Award, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

Professional Development
2022 Projection Art Masterclass, Centre for Projection Art, Melbourne
2021 Artist Mentorship, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Teaching
2022 Guest lecturer, Experimental Textiles, RMIT
2022 Zine making community workshop, Glenroy Festival