Emma Witter



‘Emma Witter is an artist that dreams with her hands and works to another time, where nothing is disposable and everything she touches might turn to gold. Working intuitively with found and rescued biomass – by-products of London’s restaurant industry or salvaged mud larking on the banks of the river Thames – her sculptures are sensational and beguiling. Witter breathes new life into lost things, and shows us value where we saw only waste. Her process is alchemical, transforming what has been discarded into what must be saved, and her art speaks to our contemporaneous notion of the sublime.

Born in 1989, she lives and works in London and holds a first-class honours degree in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins. On graduating, Witter won the ‘Seed Fund’ Award’ from the University of the Arts London – a grant to set up her own studio practice, followed by ‘Best New Business Award’ during UAL Enterprise Week.

Numerous exhibitions include solo shows ‘Bloom’ at Hix Art in 2018, ‘Remember You Must Die’ at Sarabande Foundation in 2019 and ‘A Moveable Feast’ for the Portman Estate in 2022, where she raised money for London’s first food bank charity, City Harvest.

A former studio resident at Sarabande, the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, Xenia Creative Retreat in Hampshire and Selfridges in London, Victorian Gold was inspired by Emma’s most recent collaboration with Chef Leo Carreira, of The Sea, The Sea, for London Craft Week.’

Written by Nico Kos Earle