Emalie Bingham was born in Cape Town in 1987. Throughout her youth she played with wild clay from the garden, built gyms for her hamsters out of recycled materials, and took every opportunity to draw, whether obsessively decorating school books or documenting live events. Although she works across a diverse range of media, drawing has always been foundational to her life and creative practice – a survival technique she developed from a young age. The demands of managing chronic illness and acute sensitivity drive her to constantly seek balance and healing. Drawing provides an opportunity to find both haven and stimulation, detachment from – and absolute presentness to – the world around and within her. It is the ultimate meditation, enabling the artist to both accept her limitations and transcend them.
After completing her BFA at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Bingham chose to pursue her art career in Cape Town. In 2019 she relocated to the UK. She has participated in group shows in South Africa and London, and in 2018 had her debut solo show in Cape Town at Everard Read/Circa, with whom she is an associate artist. She was a member of the Nando’s Artist Society for three years and has contributed numerous works to their collection, as well as to the Spier collection and many private collections in South Africa and abroad.