Bodies and Buildings-A Conversation with Emily Speed
by Robert Preece
Emily Speed works between performance and sculpture, exploring the body, architecture, and their interrelationship—with surprising results. Since graduating with an MA from London’s Wimbledon College of Art in 2006, she’s been quite active, working on various projects and exhibiting in a number of international group shows. In 2013, she had a two-person show at Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery and was shortlisted for the U.K.’s Northern Art Prize based on works exhibited at the Leeds Art Gallery. She lives and works in Northwest England. Robert Preece: Could you explain the sorts of issues that you think about when you’re making and performing your wearable, architectural works?
Emily Speed: Bodies, buildings, and the relationship between the two. The internal space that we occupy in our heads and how the spaces that we inhabit shape us as people.
...see the entire article in the print version of October's Sculpture magazine.
Human Castle, 2012. Performance with acrobats and painted fabric costumes, Edinburgh Art Festival.