Emma Willemse is a conceptual artist and art educator living and working in Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape. Her art-making practice deals with issues of displacement, place-making, and sense of place. Her artworks are technically varied, and include sculptural installations, printmaking, artist’s books, painting, and drawing.
Emma has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Africa and abroad, and her works have been included in the Nando’s Collection, the Spier Collection, and the South African Embassy in Beijing. Her award-winning artist’s books installation, called 101 ways to long for a home, have been exhibited in diverse configurations in Florence, Dakar, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Paris, and London.
During the lockdown in 2020, Emma spear-headed a community collaboration project with a youth group in her hometown, together creating The Stone Circle Project, an outdoor public sculpture installation. This experience has since lead to collaborative ventures with various other artists and communities.
Emma holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Africa and qualifications in psychology and librarianship.