Emily Mc Gardle

Biography

Emily Mc Gardle is a printmaker from Co. Monaghan. She graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2016 with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art, and received an MA in Print from the Royal College of Art, London in 2020. She has received Established Artist and Emerging Talent awards from Monaghan County Council’s Artist Support Scheme in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Emily was shortlisted for the 2022 Zurich Portrait Prize, the 2023 Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award, and the 2024 Derwent Art Prize.

Statement

Emily Mc Gardle’s artistic practice consists primarily of screenprinting and drawing. Using hand-drawn artwork she creates multi-layer screenprints which combine humour, satire, and parody. The body, human interactions, and facial expressions feature heavily in her work. Recently, her artwork has become increasingly inspired by pseudo sciences, advertising, self-help guides, life coaches and self-help gurus who use persuasive language and an authoritative voice to entice and to convince people that they need help or a product being offered.