Troy Emery (b. 1981, Roma Queensland) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Working primarily with textiles in a sculptural practice, his artwork examines the discourse surrounding how the history of our relationship with animals is underpinned by our ability to give meaning to them and use them in allegory and metaphor. Emery is interested in the boundaries between fine art, museums, natural history, craft, and the domestic space, seeing the animal form as crossing between each of these. His work also looks at animals as both entrenched decorative motifs and tokens of ecological ruination. Troy’s practice plays with both scientific and cultural categorization of the 'natural' world, creating 'fake taxidermy' creatures that fall between reality and fantasy as exotic hybrid creatures that confound familiar animal forms with impossibly exotic pelts.
Troy Emery has exhibited his work across Australia and internationally since graduating from a Masters of Fine Arts at The University of Sydney in 2009. Troy’s work is held in various private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Victoria, Art Bank Australia Collection, City of Townsville Art Collection, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Collection, Deakin University Art Museum, Deloitte Australia, and The Macquarie University Art Gallery collection.