Linden EXTRA with

Troy Emery

Troy Emery’s exhibition Sonder is on show at Linden until 16 May 2021.

Troy’s tassel-covered sculptures are disarmingly vibrant and highly tactile, but there is also a poignance in their faceless disguises. We recently caught up with Troy in his studio to find out more about his practice and what is coming up next. 

I work primarily in sculpture and textiles. I’m interested in using materials that are perhaps more products of the craft and fashion world; mass produced, colourful haberdashery, decorative trimmings. I like how these materials are sometimes at odds with the more formal expectations that are placed on fine art, sculpture in particular.

I very briefly studied fashion and considered it as a career, which certainly shaped my approach to making work.

Taxidermy and natural history is also something I look at. My work doesn’t explicitly have any kind of conservation message or meaning but the wider discussion about the natural world and our place in it is something I reflect on.

My studio is very small and messy with many boxes of unopened materials, fabric, and tassels. Assembling the works takes long periods of repetitive labour so I usually listen to true crime podcasts or audiobooks.

If my work can provide a little bit of companionship and comfort for the duration of its viewing then I feel I’ve been successful in what I’ve created.

I have a project with a French fashion company, looking at using some of their discarded materials that come from their manufacturing process. The outcome will be presented in Sydney in October. I also have an exhibition at Martin Browne Contemporary later in the year.

Photographs: Theresa Harrison Photography

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22 May 2021 > 22 August 2021

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Thank you!

We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery soon to see our latest series of solo exhibitions by leading mid-career artists.
> Troy Emery's Sonder
> Nicholas Folland's Burn Down the House
> Ash Keating's Duality.

If you would like to find out more about these exceptional artists, book into a Meet the Artist session to hear from them what drives their practice and what inspires their creativity.

I would like to offer my thanks to Creative Victoria for the additional funding to support this new initiative and to the fabulous team at Linden who have worked behind the scenes to create Linden Extra.

Melinda Martin
March 2021

Q&A by Juliette Hanson | Editing: Juliette Hanson & Chloé Hazelwood | Design: Mathieu Vendeville