Emma Willemse

Emma Willemse is a conceptual artist and art educator. Her artworks are technically varied, and include sculptural installations, printmaking, artist’s books, painting and drawing. Her art-making practice deals with issues of displacement, place-making and sense of place, revealing an interest in found objects, fragments and traces of things left behind.

Emma Willemse

In addition to displaying her works in progress at Solo Studios 2022, Emma collaborates with photographer Rudolph Willemse and curator Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen to stage an exhibition which will highlight the shared visual interests in the art practices of both artists.

Emma has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Africa and abroad, and her works have been included in the Nando’s Collection, the Spier Collection, and the South African Embassy in Beijing. Her award-winning artist’s books installation have been exhibited in diverse configurations in Florence, Dakar, Johannesburg, Paris, London and recently in Cape Town and at the Spier Wine Farm.

Featured Work

Emma Willemse - Rescue series

 Rescue series no 9    2022

Digital print on Hahnemühle


Emma Willemse - Reclaimed archive III

Reclaimed archive III   2022

Found object, scrim, paint shards

13 x 28 x 7,7cm

Emma Willemse - grieve

Grieve  2013

Digital print on Hahnemuhle German etching paper