Emma Magenta

Emma Magenta is a much-loved and prolific exhibiting artist whose work is in numerous collections around the world. She is currently represented by Hat Hill Gallery in Blackheath and is also a part of the MTNS MADE Collective in The Blue Mountains.

Magenta created, wrote and directed an animation series produced by Hopscotch Films and The ABC titled The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. Narrated by Toni Collette, the series debuted to rave reviews and is the first multi-platform project (inter-active website, iPhone game, illustrated graphic novel and animation). The series was nominated for SXSW Award in the U.S and has been involved in a series of Film Festivals around the globe and was the central theme of Magenta’s TEDx talk at Canberra TEDx 2011.

In 2016, Emma was selected by Adelaide film Festival HIVE FUND to create, write and direct her first short film to be produced by SEE PICTURES titled Remembering Agatha. This film premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2017. The film was also nominated for Best Australian Short film by the AACTA in conjunction with International Film Festival, Flickerfest 2018. It also screened on ABC television in February 2018.

She has also written and illustrated several adult picture books; The Peril of Magnificent LoveA Gorgeous Sense of HopeThe Origin of Lament and The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. These books explore aspects of the feminine psyche, one’s emotional world and the secret life of relationships. Her first book, The Peril of Magnificent Love was awarded by The Australian Book Association and nominated for the prestigious Reuben Award by The National Cartoonist Society in The U.S.A. She also wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Orlando on a Thursday and illustrated Toni Collette’s first children’s book, Planet Yawn.

Emma Magenta has lived in Medlow Bath in The Blue Mountains since 2013.

Read her contribution to The Big Fix:

Emma Magenta on Love, Nature & Dismantling Capitalism

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