Title: Amygdala

Type: Game

Role: Artist

Amygdala is the first release from MachineSpirit, a small indie game development company comprised of Ashton McAllan (Director/Code) Sam Morris (Code) and Emily McAllan (Art)

Amygdala is an action platformer that uses dynamically generated levels and a range of wildly different enemies to create a challenging living world to explore.


His body stolen by an angry wizard, an ordinary man must venture into a surreal and magical world. Facing off against a menagerie of foes and a gruelling array of obstacles with his surprising mobility and new-found psychic powers he discovers something important about himself and about god-damned wizards.







To find out more or get yourself a copy of the game, go to amygdala.machinespirit.net!

So I have finally got my act together, and this year, I am actually participating in SALA, the South Australian Living Artist Festival! In fact, I have somehow ended up in three group exhibitions! Below are a few images from the Opening Nights! (Sorry for the low quality, it seems all galleries are dark, and my f/1.8 lens broke recently! :(

Anyhow, most of these exhibitions are still running for another few weeks, so go check them out!


PASS IT ON – Hotel Wright Street – August 5th – September 8th

A playful and thought-provoking art experiment

based on the childhood game of Chinese whispers,

featuring 8 talented, local artists working in a variety of mediums.







MIGRATE – Adelaide Town Hall – August 2nd – 26th

An exploration of nostalgic belonging and home,

loss and dislocation, seasons and change

in a dynamic assertion of painting, photography, textile and found materials.

Migrate Invite2

I don’t have any pictures from this opening, as a fire alarm interrupted us, just before I was going to leave, and I never actually took any! Obviously, there was no fire, although we all stood outside speculating on what might have become of the artwork if there was! Somehow, despite the interruption, I managed to sell everything! Yay!


Sound, Echo, Repeat – Red Poles Gallery – August 3rd – September 8th

Artists create with recurring processes

that speak in echoes and strike chords within.

Be enticed by painting, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, installation and more.






A very hectic but enjoyable few weeks, now its back to digital work again, a few exciting film-related things coming up…stay tuned!

-Em xoxo



This is an art piece I did for the poster of the 2013 Pass – It – On Exhibition at Hotel Wright Street.

The concept for this annual exhibition is a game of “chinese whispers” played with a group of artists specialising in different mediums. The first in line is given a one word brief, and passes their finished art piece on to the next artist with no explanation, and so it continues. The final artist in the series often ends up with a concept which is wildly different from the original one word brief!

Last year I completed a 12 month contract as Artist in Residence at Aldinga Rhylyn Medical. I spend all of last year (and a little bit of this year) making large scale paintings for their newly renovated building. The staff wanted coastal scenes, as the clinic is quite close to the beach at Port Willunga. Many of the staff members nominated their favourite beach, and (with the aid of google maps,) I went forth and explored these distant shores!! I also created two 360 degree photographic panoramas for the glass wall in the waiting room. The year was very enjoyable, but now I’m looking forward to making smaller works again, and in my usual more narrative style. Thanks to Rhylyn for the amazing job opportunity!



The paintings in their new home!


 Port Willunga 360 degrees, 7am and 6pm


Blackpool, UK


Cathedral Cove, NZ


Devon, UK


Ios, Greece


Isle of Pines, New Caledonia


Killoran Bay, Isle of Collonsay, Outer Hebrides


Port Willunga, SA


Waiheke Island, NZ


Whitsundays, QLD

– Em xoxo

3am Floor paintings are a thing.

Its when I have been awake late, usually due to some kind of minor emotional turmoil, and I decide that what I really need to do is paint, and the table is already covered in art stuff, so I chuck some newspaper down and a canvas and just start painting, without any pre-design. Sometimes, the results are confused, sometimes  they are surprisingly emotive.

The Gate Was Locked Without My Permission

Philosophy On A Tahitian Beach

Bear and I