Emily Gordon (SOLD)

Before Barangaroo Station, 2021

72 × 62 cm
In my work, I aim to capture transient moments of exceptional beauty that I encounter in ordinary life. The tension between Sydney’s rapidly transforming cityscape and the desire for an aesthetic permanence in the historic neighbourhoods around the Harbour often simmers below the surface. “Before Barangaroo Station” explores a central question regarding how we as artists record history: do we have an imperative to describe accurately, or is it our prerogative to memorialise visual encounters as we would like them to be remembered? And as the future of this foreshore area hangs in the balance, I believe the work to catalogue these times of transition takes on an increasing sense of urgency.
Raised in Oakland, California, I immigrated to Australia in 2006 and now live between downtown Sydney and Gunning NSW, lockdowns allowing. My work splits into two broad streams – Country and City – representing the duality of my Australian experience. I show my work through Michael Reid Northern Beaches, after initially joining the gallery group through Studio Direct (the previous Michael Reid emerging artists program).
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