contact us

join our
mailing list
follow us
on facebook
follow us
on instagram


Australia 1985

Australian artist Emma Michaelis makes large-scale coloured pencil on paper drawings which seek to uncover the human relationship to parameters of physicality and the conscious/unconscious link between self and body.

With a focus on female subjectivity, Emma asks the viewer to redefine their ideas of the location of being, using surface as a juncture between the viewer and the image, she bodily constructs the works life sized, questioning individual and shared experiences of being through reconstruction of the figure.
Asking: can we know what it is in some art that engenders real affective connections rather than detached representation? Seeking to locate the moment where we can begin to recognise the self present in the image of an others form and reconcile that understanding with the reality of being bodily.

In her current practice, she is particularly interested in exploring the female body as a site of rich and contested meanings. Exploring the complex tensions that exist in the space between actual embodied female experience and its representations, and how she might productively enter that space in the work as a female visual artist drawing real women.

Through years of making art and extensive working and exhibiting, Emma has developed a deep connection to the articulation and interpretation of the human condition corporeally. Often utilising the female figure shown in a moment of disconnected, quiet contemplation, to open up conversations about the fractured nature of self knowing and the affective interpretations of art and body which help to navigate discussions of the relational potential existing between the viewer and artwork for affectively interpreting through the body, art concerning the body fragmented.

Emma Michaelis at

More at

Emma Michaelis: Installation shot of Configuration of: Ten and Ode to Two

Installation shot of Configuration of: Ten and Ode to Two
Coloured pencil and ink on paper, Dimensions variable, 2015.

Emma Michaelis: Mothers burden, warm - Holding Three Overlays

Mothers burden, warm - Holding Three Overlays
Coloured pencil on paper, 150 x 300 cm, 2015.

Emma Michaelis: Mothers burden - Holding, Orange with stain

Mothers burden - Holding, Orange with stain
Coloured pencil and ink on paper, 150 x 350 cm, 2015.



2015 BA Fine Art (Hons) - RMIT: First class Honours
2014 BA Design Arts, Visual Arts - Academy of Design Australia: Dux
2014 Adobe suite for design and presentation - RMIT
2003 Design Fundamentals - TAFE


2015 Casual presenting Academy of Design
2015 Casual workshop and student tutorials Academy of Design
2014 - Current Nicholas Blackmore Framing assistant
2012 - 15 Magnani Paper Importers
2014 Artist assistant to Amy Watson


2016 Flinders Lane Gallery, Explorations 16, ​Melbourne
2016 Bright Face Song series Art and design collaboration project with Hello Satellites


2016 Enough Space, Solo Show, I am a River, Melbourne
2016 GlogauAIR Arts residency, Berlin
2015 Montsalvat Arts Festival featured artist, Melbourne
2014 /15 Montsalvat, Solo Show, Subsistence, Melbourne
2014 Tinning Street Presents, Solo Show, We are, I am, Melbourne
2013 Tinning Street Presents, Solo Show, Emma Michaelis, Melbourne
2013 Brunswick Street Gallery, Solo Show, Blemish, Melbourne


2016 Sad by Sad West Festival
2016 Rubicon ARI, Aimee Boa curated Group Show, Melbourne
2015 RMIT, Graduate exhibition, Melbourne
​2015 The Memo, Jayden Morrison curated Group Show, Untitled, Melbourne
2015 Academy of Design, Do What you Love, Melbourne
2015 Metro Gallery, Hot to Watch, Melbourne
2014 Dancing dog, Mental for Lentils, Melbourne
2014 BSG, Group Show, Body Sex, Melbourne
2014 Academy of Design, Difference Design Makes, Melbourne
2014 Clement Meadmore Gallery, La Chasse, Melbourne
2013 Tinning St. Smash n Grab, Melbourne
2013 Clement Meadmore Gallery, Ignite, Melbourne
2013 Bruce Gallery, Bye bye Bruce, Melbourne
2013 RMIT, Curated by Katie Paine, Melbourne
2013 Open Space Gallery, Eckphrasis, Melbourne
2013 Conduit Art Gallery, Art Fete, Melbourne
2012 Brunswick Street Gallery, 40x40, Melbourne
2012 Brunswick Street Gallery, Dirtying the Paper, Melbourne
2012 Clement Meadmore Gallery, Melbourne


2014 Ruffian Gallery, Gather, Melbourne


2009/10 BunHeads, Solo Show, (Produced by) PACT, Curated by Quarterbred, Sydney

Business/Artistic partnership

2015 Friday Collective founding member
2015 Promotional photography for CHWH
2014 Love through all, Kindle edition book cover art design
2012-15 wetwoareKUNsT, Ceramics/Stoneware, Jewellery and Sculpture


2015 'Bob' first edition, AAD.
2014/15 AAD official Student Diary inclusion
2014 Plan + Express contribution
Emma Michaelis, ‘Swallow, Flex and Wither’ opening at Tinning Street, Sam West, Three ThoUnited Statesnd. March 2013 Colour Figures, Mark Holsworth, March 22, 2013
2013 AAD 2013 official Student Diary inclusion
Swallow, Flex, and Wither, Nikita Vanderbyl, Art/Smitten, March 2013


2015 Tess Gieroba
2015 Commissioned works for L'Oreal Professional fashion week
2014 Maja Baska
2013 John Michaelis


2016 Vice Chancellors award of excellence RMIT
2015 Directors award of High Distinction (AOD)
2015 Award of Distinction (AOD)
2015 President's Award for Excellence (AOD)
2015 AOD Official Student diary inclusion
2014 Directors Award scholarship (AOD)
2014 Merit Award scholarship (AOD)
2013 Ignite Competition: Winner
2013 Study Tour recipient Paris and London, Academy of Design
2013 Directors Award scholarship (AOD)
2013 AOD Official Student diary inclusion
2012 DGmagazine Design Competition: Notable entry
2012 Merit Award scholarship (AOD)


Nicholas Blackmore framing
Magnani Paper
Hairdressing apprenticeship 2009 - 12


2015 YouthNow
​2015 RMIT Graduate Catalogue committee, Honours representative
2013-15 Tinning Street Presents
​2013/14 Academy of Design open day volunteer
2013 KingsAri
2013 Bruce Gallery