Emma Kay is a British artist working with subjectivity and memory. Kay studied art at Goldsmiths College, working toward a BA from 1980–83 and an MA from 1995 -97. Early work consisted of compiling index-like lists of inanimate objects from a selection of novels. The Bible from Memory was her first ‘memory’ text using only her own recall of the text and was included in the British Art Show 5 2001. It was followed by Shakespeare from Memory 1998, three drawings The World from Memory I, II and III 1998 and Worldview 1999, an attempt to write down the history of the whole world from memory. Future 2001 (Chisenhale Gallery) a digital film describes the future of the world, The Story of Art 2003 (Tate Modern) a digital film attempting to write the history of art.
Art on the Underground
In 2004, Emma Kay was the first fine artist to be asked to design the cover of London's Tube Map. In an interview explaining her inspiration for the design, she says that she chose a target motif because it tends to symbolize the pinpoint of where you are on a map—hence the title "You Are in London." The work also become part of their Art on the Underground program, in which work by various artists is exhibited within the Tube stations.