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b. 1972, Australia

Emily Floyd Biography

Internationally-acclaimed Australian artist Emily Floyd is recognised for her large-scale, geometric sculptures. Reminiscent of childhood toys and building blocks, Floyd's exuberant works are often public icons that inject a striking and playful element within the urban landscape. A large blackbird and yellow worm arc alight upon the motorway between Dandenong and Keyborough, while Abstract Labour spells out centemporary concerns of modernism, feminism and the public realm. Floyd's father was a toymaker who passed on his craft to Floyd. From her mother she inherited a strong sense of the politics of institutional education and organised childcare. These are influences that are highly visible in the artist's works.

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Her work also draws from Russian Constructivist motifs, Steiner teaching methods, Cuisenaire rods and the political struggles of recent Australian history. This multifaceted approach to making makes Floyd a versatile artist whose works continues to push the boundaries between form and content, and makes play the central concern. Floyd's work is held in collections throughout Australia and abroad, including at The National Gallery of Australia, Gallery of Modern Art Queensland, National Gallery of Victoria and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her recent solo show at Heide Museum, Far Rainbow 2014, and New Dawn 2014, at National Gallery of Victoria, were both critically praised for her exploration of radical form and utopian vision.

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A is you and B is myself by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd A is you and B is myself, 2024 Polished and patinated bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 92 x 40 cm
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Both - and by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd Both - and, 2024 Polished and patinated bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 92 x 40 cm
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To read in a non-extractive way by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd To read in a non-extractive way, 2024 Patinated bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 85 x 40 cm
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Old binaries / anti-inflammatories by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd Old binaries / anti-inflammatories, 2024 Polished bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 92 x 40 cm
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Time Gardening by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd Time Gardening, 2024 Patinated bronze, painted aluminium steel with black oxide coating
120 x 67 x 41 cm
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The seed grows into a plant from within by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd The seed grows into a plant from within, 2024 Patinated bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 127 x 40 cm
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Making kin with plastic by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd Making kin with plastic, 2024 Polished bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 85 x 40 cm
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Commoning as a process by Emily Floyd contemporary artwork sculpture
Emily Floyd Commoning as a process, 2024 Patinated bronze, aluminium with two-part epoxy paint, steel with black oxide coating
120 x 85 x 40 cm
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