Emily Young is acclaimed as 'Britain's greatest living stone sculptor' - FT, 2013.
'Her sculptures meditate on time, nature, memory, man's relationship to the the Earth' - FT
'Young brings the human project of meaning into conjunction with geological time' - R Trew
'Her sculptures are collected and displayed around the world, but as a passionate conservationist she also takes her work on to the front line of environmental activism; using sculptures to protect green spaces and take on gangs fishing illegally off the coast of Italy.' - BBC 2021
EMILY YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST: she was born in London into a family which included writers, artists, politicians, naturalists and explorers.
Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin, and her uncle Peter Scott, started the WWF in 1961.
As a young woman, she worked primarily as a painter, studying briefly at Chelsea School of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, and Stonybrook University, New York. She left London in the late 60s, and spent the next years travelling widely, studying art and culture.
In the early 1980s she started carving in stone, preferring to use discarded materials from abandoned quarries.
The primary objective of her sculpture seems to be to bring the relationship of humankind and the planet into closer conjunction, a relationship which has been occluded by millennia of fantasies about the nature of power and human autonomy. The natural beauty, history and energy of material stone, including its capacity to embody human consciousness, has the potential to extend our experiences of being human, enduring into the future of a vast unknowable universe.
The sculptures have unique characteristics due to each individual stone’s geological history.
Her approach allows the viewer to comprehend a commonality across deep time, geography and cultures. Her preoccupation is our troubled relationship with the planet. In her combination of traditional carving skills allied with technology where necessary, she produces timeless works which marry the contemporary with the ancient, manifesting a unique, serious and poetic presence.
Young’s work is in important public and private collections throughout the world.
She has exhibited at many prestigious museums including: The Getty, California; The Imperial War Museum, London; The Whitworth, Manchester; The Meijer Sculpture Gardens, Grand Rapids, and in 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Emily Young currently divides her time between studios in London and Italy.