Emily Bates

1970 -

About the artist

British photographer Emily Bates graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She currently lives in Amsterdam and London. Bates combines photography with sound and moving images in many of her works. An interest in cultural traditions, in particular human relations, spirituality and mythology, is reflected in Bates’ photographic work. She subtly emphasizes the human relationship to the land surrounding him and explores the vulnerability, isolation and desire in the human condition. Bates became recognized for a body of work made during the 1990’s which were constructed from knitted human hair, such as Dress, Depilator and Sibilla. These works have been exhibited in Europe as well as in the USA and Japan. In 1997, she was awarded the prestigious Scottish Arts Council artists residency in Amsterdam, where photography became a large focus of her working practice. Afterwards she received more artist residencies and her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Barbican Centre Curve Gallery in London; the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto; Yokohama Museum of Art