Emma McIntyre chose to do her Master of Fine Arts at Elam because she wanted to take her art practice to the next level.
“I had a couple of years off after finishing my undergraduate study, and I felt like I was losing touch with my practice. I know my studio buddies are serious about having an artistic career, which is a motivating environment to be immersed in.
“I was also ready to develop a higher level of criticality in my practice. Over the summer I was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship which allowed me to delve further into my practice. This helped my research project become richer and deeper, something which will run through to my life as a practising artist.
“I’m interested in the materiality of paint, as well as the idea of painting as a trace of activity; the rhythmic movement of the painter evidenced on the surface of the canvas. This year my research is heading towards interrogating the rhythmic relationship between painting and literature in order to formulate new rules, gestures and meaning for creating work.
“Elam has fantastic facilities to support research; an amazing library, great technical support and two student-run galleries. I often use the wood workshop and photography lab, and have learned a lot from our paint technician. And given the University’s location, there are a lot of great galleries within walking distance.
“I have an onsite studio, the opportunity to talk with other researchers in the same field, and supervision and support from experienced, successful artists. I have learned so much and it has been invaluable to my research. I would recommend postgraduate study to anyone wanting to get more out of their practice.”