For Emery, his animal sculptures represent his interest in the importance of surface in taxidermy and the way we view animals as decorative objects. The role of surface and colour in the production of these sculptures is an exaggeration of the qualities sought after in exotic wildlife. The luscious pompom pelt is a camp interpretation of the way skins and furs are cherished and fetishised. As natural specimens or species, His animal sculptures are impossible combinations of form, colour, and materials. They can only exist as hypothetical or mythological animals. What fascinates Emery about these areas of investigation is that there is, especially historically, a place for fantastical, fake animals.
Troy Emery is an artist based in Melbourne and has an object based sculptural practice. He grew up in Toowoomba Queensland but relocated to Hobart to attend art school. He graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (hons) at the Hobart School of Art, University of Tasmania in 2005. Troy then completed a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2010. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Sandra Bardas Studio Grant for 2012 – 2013. In 2014 Troy undertook 2 artist in residences, the first in Hill End NSW through the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and the second at The Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne VIC, and was the recipient of an Australia Arts Council residency, resulting in a 3 month research trip on Japanese animal mascots in Tokyo.