Emily Perry's work reflects on the relationship between appearance and the physical and social constraints that determine identity, responding to identified pressures and stereotypes through a gendered and cultural lens. She likes to use humour to engage her audience in the moment, allowing them to consider issues of gender, sexuality, personality and the experiences of other people. She is particularly interested in interactive performance work that relies on audience participation; she believes that the potent intimacy of actual participation better engages the viewer, and pushes them to a fuller understanding of the work. Perry creates uncomfortable, socio-artistic situations which force interaction in subtle and frequently humorous ways. She embraces awkwardness in her work believing it to be amongst the most human of experiences. By including people in her practice, Perry confronts the role of the spectator: both sculpture and gallery visitor become the subject, the viewer and the viewed. There is a sense that the work might be enjoyed as a kind of guilty pleasure.