Emma FitzGerald

Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette

Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette

Emma FitzGerald was born to Irish parents in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. She moved to Canada at a young age and spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, BC. These early travels have instilled in her a keen interest in people and places. Emma has followed a career path that is part-architecture, part art, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia in 2004, and a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2008. She has worked in architecture offices across Canada and with Peter Rich Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa. There she worked on the award winning Mpangubwe Interpretive Centre and Alexandra Heritage Centre. Her art practice is characterised by on-site drawing, place-based research, and a sense of the poetic. This work has taken her from textile factories in her birth country of Lesotho, to the various houses of Canadian American poet Elizabeth Bishop. She has exhibited widely, and participated in several artist residency programmes including Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, and the Santa Fe Art Institute’s thematic residency in New Mexico. She is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax, a best-selling book based on her chosen home in Nova Scotia. The Globe & Mail describes it as ‘part journal, part sketchbook, Hand Drawn Halifax is a love letter to Atlantic Canada’s largest city.’