Emma Elliott is a British artist whose central concerns are the incongruous and hypocritical aspects of humanity and our connections with history and animality. Working primarily across sculpture and painting, she explores the relationships between the refined and the primitive, the physical and the spiritual. She examines the human condition from up close and afar, honing in on minute anatomical and psychological details and broadly surveying the influences of our collective past on present behaviour, often in the same piece.
Elliott was classically trained in painting and figurative sculpture both in the UK and Italy. Her work combines the high level craftsmanship and technique resulting from this training with a fearless questioning of ideology, religion, philosophy and society.
Elliott has exhibited widely, including The Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, 2020; The London Group Open, 2019; The Sunny Art Prize, 2019; Art & Reconciliation Exhibition, Knapp Gallery, Regents University. Emma has won awards with The Sunny Art Prize 2019, Passion for Freedom 2015 and Winter Pride 2014; and her work is held in a number of prestigious public and private collections.
Graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and with an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2019.
Susie Olczak is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture. Her work focuses on the idea of adaptation and asks the viewer to look again at the world. It is about the perception of geometry, pattern, and the elements while moving through transitory spaces, such as corridors, underpasses, and the walkways between buildings. Olczak's work has been shown internationally in Berlin, Japan and the United States. She has exhibited around the United Kingdom, attended residencies in Finland and Panama with La Wayaka Current. She has also been commissioned to produce public artworks by BBC Scotland, Charles Saatchi at the Big Chill Festival, and the National Trust.
In Cambridge, she has produced works for The Institute of Astronomy and the Fitzwilliam Museum, as well as for King’s, Jesus, and Peterhouse Colleges of Cambridge University. In 2018 she participated in a workshop with the RCA at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Summer Art Academie in Venice. In 2018, she also received the Villiers David Travel Grant for a research trip to Iceland. In 2016, Susie Olczak was a bursary award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors. In 2019 she showed in the Ingram Collection Purchase Prize Exhibition and in 2020 she completed the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award residency and exhibited the work at Standpoint Gallery. In 2021 she showed work in Landscape Portrait. Then Now at Hestercombe Gallery and took part in the Zabludowicz Masterclass.
Susie Olczak is a co-founder of Conscious Isolation. She is a lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Goldsmiths University of London, The Royal College of Art, the University of the Arts London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Westminster, Falmouth University, the University of Leeds, the University for the Creative Arts, University of Brighton, University of Bedfordshire and Cambridge School of Art. Susie Olczak is also a freelance artist educator, working at the University of Cambridge Museums. She is a member of Space, Place, Practice research group with Bath Spa University.