Emily McAllan was born in South Australia in 1989, and works in a wide variety of mediums, primarily Film, Photography, Painting and Graphic Design. After completing Secondary School in 2006, Emily felt driven to pursue her artistic career, and began managing her small business, taking commissions and seizing all opportunities to learn, exhibit, and be part of group art projects. Emily has been a practicing full-time artist since 2008.
Recurring themes in her work include memory, transition from childhood into adulthood, seasonal cycles, and the impact of Place. She is influenced by Surrealism, Minimalism, Wabi-Sabi, 1930’s children’s books, Folklore and Mythology. Emily uses each of her chosen mediums differently. Through film and photography she conveys to others her experience of the outside world; she uses design to discuss the relationship between objects and the self, and she paints in order to give form to her internal landscapes and narratives. Regardless of medium, Emily’s work has strong elements of visual storytelling, often conveyed through symbolism and metaphor.
In 2010 Emily decided to get serious about filmmaking and undertook the task of documenting a year in the life of the Willunga Waldorf School. The result, completed in 2012 after two further years of sorting and editing, is her first feature-length ob doc entitled Zyklus. In 2013/2014 Emily spent 3 months in a small fishing town on the north coast of Iceland, making a film as part of The Weight Of Mountains film project . In 2014 she completed her second solo-made feature-length documentary Songs From The Deep End, about Adelaide singer songwriter Julia Henning. In 2015 Emily travelled to Japan to make a short documentary entitled Komorebi, about Scott Groom, a South Australian scientist who is studying the social evolution of a bee species native to Hokkaido.