em finucane 方雅敏
Tattoo Flash

I am a tattoo artist and visual designer working in Naarm ‘Melbourne’. My practice centers around tattooing, culture and identity using an illustrative and collaborative approach to projects. Ideas behind permanent mark making and self expression inform my work across disciplines.
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Communcation Design
2017 - 2019

tattoos: pke.zro@gmail.com
anything else: emjfinucane@gmail.com
IG: @poke.zero

I live and work on the sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Body as a Space we Inhabit (1) 2019
Lifecast Skin Suit Installation
Latex, Acrylic nails, Ballpoint pen

An inquiry into self expression through the medium of tattooing culminated in a collection of artefacts that explores themes of image, permanence and identity. The Body as a Space we Inhabit (1), reimagines the body as an autonomous vessel for adornment, decoration and modification, visualised through the latex life cast.

The work was exhibited as part of the RMIT Communication Design Grad Show in 2019, alongside The Body as a Space we Inhabit (2)

It’s Not the End of the World 2020
RMIT Creative commisioned installation
Glass, paint pens, projection

‘It’s Not the End of the World’ was a commisioned public artwork for RMIT University, with the brief to ‘activate the campus’, and in particular New Academic Street.

A diptych of two illustrative works on windows espouses the ironic phrases ‘It’s Not the End of the World’ and ‘Everything will be Okay’ above illustrations of apocalyptic scenes layered over the view of the CBD. The work reframes a viewers perspective of the surrounding CBD buildings, visible from two matching architectual frames within RMIT’s New Academic Street, playing on the idea of overwhelming stress, and taking a step back to gain perspective. The work stems my own practice in tattooing, exploring the act of layering and editing spaces to allow for sites of reinterpretation.

The project proposal can be viewed as a pdf here.

Displacement 2019
Temporary public art installation
Sofa, lamp, plant, pillow, rug, table, stool, betta fish.

A temporary public art piece, installed in a carpark off Sydney Rd.
Work explores the idea of cultural displacement and the concept of home. through symbolic objects.
Contrasting the temporality/transcience of short term parking and the stability we seek in a home.