Emily Speed is a young artist based in Liverpool (UK), who had her first solo exhibition "Make Shift" at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in 2011 and is commissioned for an ELAN project at YSP in 2013. Speed’s work grows out of her interest for the relationship between people and buildings and her work explores the body and its relationship to architecture.
The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of her work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own physical and psychological space. A major part of the research undertaken by Speed whilst resident at YSP revolved around the historic estate and particularly its follies and lakes. A significant new work made at the park was Cabanon 2011, a coracle topped with a cardboard folly, concealed within which Speed paddled the boat around the 18th century lakes.
Speed’s commission for YSP in the framework of an ELAN project in 2013 takes the form of growing architecture, functioning both as a twenty-first century folly and a performance space. Holly "walls" will grow up over time, to be tended and adapted, with various niches being added. Based on her research into follies and garden features, this new work extends Speed’s practice and is embedded in the layered history of the site.