Emma Finucane was born in Dublin and lives in Bray Co. Wicklow. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with an MA Fine Art in 2006 having received a BA Fine Art Print (First Class Hons) in 1997. She works in the area of Screen Print and Digital Imagining and video.
Emma’s work investigates the way we communicate with others and ultimately how it determines the quality of our lives. These ideas lead to a concern with the notion of the “stranger” the foreigner, outsider or alien as well as the idea of strangeness within the self–a person’s deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and ones conscious idea of one’s self. She is interested in the role of the artist in society and how artists can enter into different contexts and work alongside others in a different yet meaningful way.
Emma regularly exhibits in group shows, has three solo shows to date and her work has been shown in Dublin, Belfast, Germany and Copenhagen. In 2007 she both coordinated and took part in a research project entitled Portraits of Pain in association with NCAD and Pfizer Ireland, she also both lectured and took part in a research project titled “The role of the artist in learning communities” in NCAD. She is currently involved in the Open Window Project in St. James' Hospital.
Finucane has received funding awards from the Arts Council Ireland, Bray Town Council and Wicklow County Council. In 2006 she received a Phase One Research and Development Grant from CREATE; an International Utopian Art Prize, Germany and a Wicklow County Council Artist in Residence Award with St.Fergals Boxing Club, Bray. In 2007 Emma was awarded an Arts Council bursary and was invited to take part in the Voice Our Concern, Amnesty in Schools Programme and Ballyhaise Unframed, Co.Cavan. Her work can be found in collections including AIB, DIT, and UCD.