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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 acknowledges the agency of materials and their situated, 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 ongoing 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.

Master of Contemporary Art, VCA (2020-Current)
Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, VCA (2015)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Monash University (2013)

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

2022 Evanesce, curated by Centre for Projection Art at Climarte Gallery, Richmond (group)
2022 Remix, Ceres Community Garden, Brunswick East (solo)
2022 Worm Care, Siteworks, Brunswick (solo)
2022 Projection Art Masterclass, Meat Market Stables, North Melbourne (group)
2021  Composting... MCA Graduate Exhibition, University of Melbourne
2021  FORT EARTH, Marfa Gallery, Abbotsford (group)
2021  Nutrient Cycling, Mud Festival, University of Melbourne (solo)
2021  The Darkest Night, The Old Bar, Fitzroy (group)
2021  From Where I Stand #3, VCA Student Gallery (group)
2021  Limber, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2020 Dispersion, Online Group Practice Event (solo)
2020 3 x 3, @vcaartspace (group)
2020 Pink Glitch, VCA Project Space (solo)
2019  Street, Noir Darkroom, Coburg (group)
2018  Number 8 is Yellow, The Stables Studio Space, Princes Hill (solo)
2018  Black Cell, The Stables Studio Space, Princes Hill (group)
2015  Graduate Exhibition, VCA Student Gallery (group)
2009 Top Shots, Monash Gallery of Art, Wheeler’s Hill (group)
2008 Top Arts, Ian Potter Center, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (group)

2022 How to Make Digital Compost, essay
2022 Worm Care, illustrated zine, collaboration with Leanne Bock

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

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