2011-2014 The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, BFA 2010-2011 Central Saint Martins, London
Emily Motto is an artist working between sculpture, installation and drawing, often creating playful and unstable forms, arenas and mazes. Her work invites endless possibilities when shapes and lines are extended into palpable forms in space, with dependencies on weight, material reactions, and physical limits. Emily is currently the New Contemporaries studio bursary holder at The Bluecoat and recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Motto's sculpture for Cure3, Buoy, is the result of her experiments in casting forms made from expanding dough. The resulting artwork, which she describes as a "symbiotic form", consists of a variety of materials, including dough, bronze jesmonite, net, string, latex and plaster, that mutually enhance one another's properties. The softness of the plaster and the fluffiness of the yarn interact with the smoothness of the vibrant orange latex and solidity of the bronze jesmonite in a playful composition that "performs and evolves throughout and beyond" the work itself. The unstable, bright materials sit together in a dynamic, original and striking way to create a very individual piece. Motto has expressed her admiration for the charity’s medical research on Parkinson's and she sees Buoy as an opportunity to contribute to a cause close to her heart.