Emily Falvey is currently working on the manuscript for her first book of art criticism, titled Torn Halves: Paradox in Canadian Art. This work consists of an anthology of essays exploring a range of paradoxical themes, including the relationship between order and ornament; concepts of the real and the virtual; the re-emergence of grotesque motifs; and strategies of contradiction and subversion linked to cynicism and the carnivalesque. While at Artexte, she will be researching and writing an essay concerning the development of Canadian process painting and its relationship with a postmodern critique of the grid.
Born in Halifax, NS, Emily Falvey is a Montreal-based independent curator and art critic. In 2009, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Joan Yvonne Lowndes Award for excellence in critical and curatorial writing, and in 2006 she received the Curatorial Writing Award (Contemporary Essay) from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery from 2004 to 2008.