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EMMA HOLLINGSWORTH

First Nations artist, a Kaanju, Kuku Ya’u and Girrimay woman residing in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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About Emma

Emma creates colourful, contemporary Aboriginal artworks that reflects her story and culture. She paints these artworks in order to express herself and help non-Indigenous people understand her culture and people. 

Emma grew up travelling Australia with her family and visited many Aboriginal communities. A lot of her works today reflect all that she has seen and experienced. Her parents were both Aboriginal pastors, so growing up was an adventure, as she constantly moved to places all across the country doing missionary work in Aboriginal communities. 

Her work has been mostly influenced by the Central and Western Desert mob, but also Far North Queensland mob. Emma finds inspiration from her aunties and uncles who are also heavily involved in the arts and cultural sector in Australia. Seeing beautiful artworks at a young age really inspired her to follow in their footsteps. 

THE COLLAB #1

Emma has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2021 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with two designs in our retail collection.

Strong Family

Acrylic on canvas
2021

“Australia’s First Nations peoples have been a part of this land for thousands of years. We are proud and resilient, supported by the solid family networks that we share and the blood ties that connect us.

Together we stand strong in the face of adversity, and we help each other to rise up to achieve great things. This artwork represents our ongoing connection to the land that began thousands of years ago and will continue long into the future. We are proud, we are strong and we are family.

One mob.”

THE COLLAB #2

Emma has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2019 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with two designs in our retail collection.

Coastal Dreaming

Acrylic on canvas
2019

The artwork was inspired by the Naidoc 2019 theme:  Voice, Treaty, Truth. It represents the communities along the coast, and the mob within those communities. All of the communities are connected by lines, or “tracks” which are either walking tracks or tracks made by boats, as people go from island to mainland. 

Coastal clans thrive as the tropical climate provides an abundance of fresh water, and the sea provides plenty of fish or ‘minya’ making for a healthy diet. Indigenous people have always fished sustainably and taken care of the land properly. If we come together we can learn how to take care of the waterways, sea and the land using traditional methods and save our environment.