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Discover Primavera 2016 : Emily Parsons-Lord

Emily Parsons-Lord

Respiratory System

Entering the gallery, the architecture becomes like the skin on our body, with the entrance its respiratory threshold. But released from vents in this threshold is a gaseous compound, which in more concentrated amounts would harm the body. Designed by Emily Parsons-Lord, this gas is an estimate of the air quality from the greatest extinction event in earth’s history 250 million years ago when carbon dioxide levels were at their peak. A peak that at our current emissions rate, may again be reached in the not too distant future.

Artist bio

Born 1984, Bathurst, NSW. Lives and works Sydney

Emily Parsons-Lord is a Sydney-based cross-disciplinary artist. Parsons-Lord completed a Bachelor of Digital Media (First Class Honours) 2008 at UNSW Art & Design, and a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies from University of Sydney, 2010. She has had solo exhibitions at First Draft in 2015, Gallery Eight in 2013 and TAP Gallery in 2007, all in Sydney. Her work has been included in the Bristol Biennial 2016, Bristol UK; Underbelly Arts Festival 2015, Sydney; 2015 Proximity Festival, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; This is Not Art, Newcastle, 2015; Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, 2015, and; Kudos Gallery, Sydney, 2006. Parsons-Lord has been awarded the Development Grant for Individuals from Australia Council for the Arts 2015, and the NSW Artist Grant from National Association for the Visual Arts, 2015.

a woman seated at dimly lit bar filled with scientific glass vessels

Emily Parsons-Lord The Confounded Leaving 2016, installation view, Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2016, sulphur hexafluoride, brass and copper release button, steel cylinder, regulator, brass one-way valve, piping, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Jacquie Manning