Emily Parsons-Lord is a Sydney based cross-disciplinary artist whose art practice is informed by research and critical dialogue with materials and climate science, through investigation into air and light, both materially, and culturally.

Exploring air as both a dynamic physical material, as well as an amorphous site to project imagination, and consider scale between the individual and the planet, her work queries the cultural understanding of human traces in air. This area of research interrogates notions of the ‘natural’, the universe, and considers deep history and speculative futures for the planet, and the role of humans in this relationship. Tragi-humour and futility are often used as access points into the content of climate change, invisibility, human obscurity and folly, and scale.

Parsons-Lord completed a BFA (1st class hons) at College of Fine arts, a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Sydney, and research at Creative Time in New York, and SymbioticA in Perth, WA.

Recent work includes recreating the air from past eras in Earth’s evolution at both Proximity Festival in Perth, 2014 and Underbelly Arts, 2015 (supported by both the Australia Council & Arts NSW), recreating starlight in coloured smoke for Proximity Festival 2015, and Electrofringe 2015, multichannel video at Firstdraft, 2015, the Bristol Biennial – In Other Worlds, 2016 (supported by the Australia Council), and Primavera 2016 (supported by NAVA). 

Parsons-Lord is currently working with different kinds of air, silica aerogels, heavy metals pollution, distress pheromones, and the aesthetics of climate change. 

Email: e.parsonslord@gmail.com

Selected Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

2017                   NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging), Artspace, Sydney

2017 .                   Things Fall Apart, The Future Leaks Out curated by Tulleah Pearce, Liveworks Festival, Carriageworks, Sydney

2017                    Trod by Beasts Alone, Wellington St Projects, Sydney

2017-2018           There is nothing accidental or surprising about this, Vitalstatistix for Climate Century, Port Adelaide

2018                  Amicable Lambing Season, as Achingly Sublime with Deb Mansfield

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016                    The Great Dying, Bristol Biennial: In Other Worlds, Bristol, UK

2015                    Our Fetid Rank (Margaret Thatcher's bottom lip and Bill Clinton's tongue),   Firstdraft, Sydney

2013                      Escapees, Stowaways, Trespassers, and Freeloaders, GalleryEight, Syd

2011                       Passage, University of Sydney Language Centre

2007                     Sum of its Parts, TAP Gallery, Sydney       


Selected Group Shows & Festivals

2017                    Our Fetid Rank (Margaret Thatcher's bottom lip and Bill Clinton's tongue) A BROKEN LINK curated by Sam Ferris, Golden Age                                     Cinema, Sydney & Central St Martins, London

2016                   Our eyes were of no use to us  &  The Confounding Leaving, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2016                    You Changed My World, Trev, MCA GeNext, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2016                    Under pressure gas becomes light and heat, Fisher's Ghost Award, finalist, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2016                   Magic Yellow Orchestra, MCA ARTBAR (Co-curating with Pia Van Gelder and Danae Valenza), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 

2016                   Our Fetid Rank (Margaret Thatcher's bottom lip and Bill Clinton's tongue), Sydney Film Festival HUB, Lower Town Hall, Sydney

2016                   You will always be wanted by me, MCA ARTBAR GOLDEN HOUR by Kate Scardifield, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2016                    Picturing the Invisible, TedxYouth@Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Sydney 

2016                     One of your 8,935,200 a yearEver Fresh, STILLS gallery, Sydney

2016                      Collective Denial, Art-Science Soiree, VIVID Ideas, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

2015                      ‘The Airrarium’, Underbelly Arts 2015, Cockatoo Island,  Sydney

2015                       ‘You will always be wanted by me’, 2015 Proximity Festival, AGWA,  Perth

2015                        'Advertising Marketing Publicity', This Is Not Art festival, Newcastle

2015                        ‘busied and bruised with looking', Perth Centre for Photography,  Perth

2014                       ‘Different Kinds of Air, A Plant’s Diary’, 2014 Proximity Festival, Fremantle

2014                      ‘Clear Blue Sky’, material // immaterial, ArtLaab, Perth, WA

2014                       Emerging Artist Award, City of South Perth, FINALIST,  Perth, WA

2014                        ‘Stage 1’, Breath of Venus, Breath of MarsArtLaab, Perth, WA

2009                      ‘EndangeredExtra CheeseSaatchi and Saatchi Gallery                 



2016                          Magician Therapy, as part of Achingly Sublime with Deb Mansfield

2010                          Felta Skelta, with Anna Christoffersen, Oxford Gallery, Sydney         


Grants, Awards, Residencies













NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) - Finalist

Fishers' Ghost - Finalist


NSW Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts for PRIMAVERA 2016

Development Grant for Individuals, Australia Councilfor the Arts for Bristol Biennial

Development Grant for Individuals, Australia Councilfor the Arts for Underbelly 2015

NSW Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts for Underbelly 2015


Imaging the Land Research Initiative, Fowlers Gap, NSW

Christmas Island Detention Centre, Christmas Island, ALIV

Selected Education

   Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Graduation with Special Merit

   Honours in Photomedia, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, First Class

   Bachelor of Digital Media, Majoring in Photography, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence