Emma Finn


Emma Finn’s work explores mistakes, as well as the black holes in history. She envisions history not as a map, or even a grand narrative but as ideas cut short. Forgotten strands of time ready and waiting to be picked up and made into string figures. Using moving image, drawing and narrative devices, Finn aims to transport viewers to uncomfortable places that sit between reality and invention. She pulls from absurd historical anecdotes, serving them up as antidotes to our present-day malaise. 

Her practice often begins with ‘the Marks’ – more than just drawings, these quasi-autonomous forces which form in her sketchbooks, emerge on the page with stories they want to tell. Behind much of her works is a lengthy process of research, to identify the stories, places and ideas that ‘the Marks’ are seeking to share. Sometimes there might be a particular story that is inspired by true events, this occasionally occur in reverse, with first the development of a drawing or story followed by finding its echo in reality and time.

Marrying hi-fi with lo-fi techniques, she builds worlds where multiple planes operate independently of one another, reflecting how technology allows us to create our own private heterotopias, which we construct from our blurry vision: between fact and fiction.

Emma Finn is currently studying on the Moving Image- Contemporary Art Practice MA programme at the Royal College of Art in London.