Born in France, Florence Blanchard is a muralist and screen printer based in Sheffield.
Blanchard was one of the first female graffiti artists in France and began working in the early 1990s under the name ‘Ema’. She then moved to New York where she graduated with a PhD from New York University in 2008. This coincided with a progressive shift in style, moving away from traditional graffiti and adopting a more abstract approach. Blanchard’s recent work is directly inspired by her training as a scientist and depicts abstract molecular landscapes which question the idea of visual perception.
Blanchard has exhibited in galleries and public spaces in the US, Japan, Europe and Australia and the UK. Recent projects include large-scale public murals in Japan and Tasmania for the Museum Of New and Old Art (Mona) in Hobart.