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Emily Hartley-Skudder

Emily Hartley-Skudder’s process begins with found-object miniatures: obsessively collected, assembled, photographed and translated into paint. Suspiciously pleasant, the arrangements are simultaneously generic and personalised. Pandering to our sentimental side, the paintings are still lifes, but the objects depicted are already fakes, openly embracing the deceptive act of representation.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Emily Hartley-Skudder graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honors) from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2012. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, including at {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, B431 Project Space in Auckland and a solo show with Christchurch Art Gallery’s Outer Spaces programme. Hartley-Skudder has also participated in exhibitions in Sendai, Japan; Mandurah, Australia and New York City, USA. The artist has been living in Brooklyn, NY, for the past year and a half and has recently returned to New Zealand.