Emma Febvre-Richards

Emma Febvre-Richards

Senior lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art

Emma Febvre-Richards is an artist, scholar and research facilitator whose practice is inspired by the multifaceted manifestations of the suburban condition. By combining software with photography, mould making and laser methodologies she explores how technology can be seen as revealing and mirroring the codes of our environment, culture, art creation, and brain function. Developing research collaborations in drawing and the art/ science nexus to enrich and inform dialogues of human behavior.

The Pacific arena features strongly within Febvre-Richards’s portfolio, whether through her own research projects, the promotion of cultural exchanges for others or the founding networks with leading Pacific artists.

  • Expertise

    Borders of drawing, painting, technologies, disciplines, cultures, environment, design and fine arts. Using computer and laser drawing, mapping, scholastic and mental codes, human thought processes, historical and contemporary rituals, art science collaboration.

  • Research Highlights

    Human Terrain (2012). Ecole Superieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France.
    Five bodies of laser cut and etched paper works that investigate how, by engaging in the ‘primal’ gestures such as scrunching and folding the paper surface with overlapping and layering in two and three dimensional space, we can gain a greater understanding of the mind’s intricate thought patterning. Tonally translating gestures into millions of circular laser cut out organisms that explore the constant adaption, absorption, retrieval, re-positioning, organisation and embroidering of the strata of the inner and outer human landscape. Exposing how brain function is influenced by our environment, personal history, culture and behavioural factors.

    The Humanity of Drawing: an artist’s journey. Drawing Out Conference 2012, Chelsea College of Art and Design, The University of London, London, UK.
    A conference paper that discusses how linear methodology of technology can be understood as being pivotal to accentuating rather than denying the true meaning of the ‘human touch’ in drawing. Challenging the ‘givens’ of the visual mind by examining in detail the interrelationship between software programming, human codes such as language (verbal and written) and cerebral mapping that create the multi-layering of the human experience.

    The Rituals of Control: Paper Works, The Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin, 2011.
    Three bodies of work that use sequential processes of laser technology and computer software to explore how society has come to value structure, logic and analysis over spontaneity and the primal sensual self. The work examines how childhood art creations and verbal ‘outpourings’ are exchanged for formulaic systems of dialogue, script, numeracy and technology.

    Living Close: Le Contenu, Centre D’Art,Noumea, Noumea, 2008.
    A solo exhibition of twenty floor-based sculptural works that explored historic and contemporary human habitation. By sourcing maps of Ngaio, Wellington from 1900, 1945 and 2002, wooden aerial quarter acre section miniatures were constructed that illustrated how European colonisation has affected our relationship to the landscape and resulted in a suburban pattern of ownership.

  • Qualifications

    BFA(Hons) (Beaux Arts d’Aix-en-Provence, France)
    MFA (Beaux-Arts d’Aix-en-Provence. France)

  • Supervision

    Maria O'Toole
    Visual Literacy: Drawing the Future


    Primary supervisor: Prof. Anne Noble
    Co-supervisor: Tim Brennan
    Advisor: Emma Febvre-Richards