Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University. Emma's research focuses on artistic processes and practices, and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ therein. Her practice unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, including experimental, performative and collaborative approaches, alongside a mode of ‘contiguous writing’ — a way of writing-with that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her writing is published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2010; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; Reading/Feeling, 2013; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and the solo collection, The Yes of the No, 2016. More recently, Emma trained to be a qualified yoga teacher, interested in how a heightened awareness of the body and breath, alongside meditation and attention practices, might be integrated into art-writing, artistic practice, pedagogy and research.

Project: Marbled Reams


I have been invited to contribute a single page-work for the next 'issue' of the project, Marbled Reams curated by Tom Godfrey. 

Emma Cocker, Close Reading, Marbled Ream

Marbled Reams is a print project that launched at Publish and Be Damned 2009 with the initial production and display of 12 reams. The project continues with new reams being produced on a bi-monthly basis. The project is run by Glasgow based artist Tom Godfrey.
Marbled Reams is derived from an artwork produced by Godfrey with the same title in 2007 where a ream of A4 paper was marbled along one edge and displayed on a glass shelf.
 Realising the potential vested in a stack of blank paper, and the ease at which the title can be mis-read as 'Marble Dreams', the artwork has been developed into an editioning/publishing project where artists are invited to produce a single A4 work that is then photocopied onto an entire ream. This is then marbled along one edge, offering a shared origin for all 500 sheets, documented for the projects website, and then displayed in its entirety, highlighting another theme in the project of linking the display of printed matter with that of sculpture.

Previous Marbled Reams contributors:
 Laura Aldridge, Aline Bouvy & John Gillis
, Sean Cummins, 
Sean Edwards, 
Ed Fella
, Heike-Karin Föll, Dan Ford, 
Babak Ghazi
, Sam Gordon, 
Mark Harasimowicz , David L. Hayles
, Matt Jamieson, 
Scott King, 
Piotr Łakomy, 
Sara MacKillop, 
David Newey
, David Osbaldeston
, Anna Parkina, 
James Richards , James E Smith
, Jack Strange, 
Jean-Michel Wicker