Emma Kemp is a professor at Otis College of Art & Design. She received an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Central Saint Martins in London, U.K.

She programs and coordinates the CalArts Summer Institute

Her book, Blue Pool, Cecelia (iTi Press, 2018) is a collaboration with photographer Jo Ann Walters, interrogating Walter’s photographs of women living along the margins of the Mississippi.

Emma co-authored and edited Rockhaven: A History of Interiors, an essay collection concerned with Crescenta Valley’s proto-feminist psychiatric institution, Rockhaven Sanitarium, with contributions from Johanna Hedva and Suzanne Scanlon.

Her current project, Our Modern Joy, is a critical biography of musician Conor Oberst. 

Awards include a CalArts Faculty Research Grant; Utah Humanities Research Fellowship; Image-Text-Ithaca Residency; and the New Voices award. Her work has been exhibited, hosted and screened at institutions in the U.S. and Europe.

b.1988 London, U.K. 



Selected Recent Publications, Interviews, etc.
“AUTOFICCIÓN Laida Lertxundi + Emma Kemp In Conversation,” Now Instant  
Urgency Reader 1 & 2 edited by Paul Soulellis
REMOTE/CONTROL, East of Borneo (forthcoming)
“GUSHGUSHGUSH,” Reading Machines by Tiger Dingsun
Ghost Ops: Counterfeit Kitchens in the Pandemic Age (PDF)
“Wednesdays at 5PM,” iTi Thesis Sampler

For more information please contact:
ekemp@calarts.edu 
@b4k6rsf16ld


Los Angeles, 2020