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Emily Zou

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Emily is a Toronto-based emerging artist who studied Fine Art at DJCAD in Scotland and recently graduated from OCAD U with a BFA in Drawing & Painting. She specializes in drawing, painting, and illustration but has a great love for ceramics. Consistently throughout her work, Emily creates surreal environments and psychological mindscapes with imagery is inspired by mental health, dreams, and narratives—many of which are personal—while exploring dichotomous themes that are both public and private, harmonious and chaotic, and light and dark. In an age where mental illness and mental health awareness continue to rise, she hopes that her work can contribute to this conversation and encourage dialogue, connection, and understanding.


Q+A

Favourite artist(s) right now

Davide Edoardo Cassano, Felicia Chiao, Marija Tiurina, Xu Bing, Nathan Spoor, Tytus Brzozowski... to name a few! But I love many artists, and the friends and artists I have met over the years are all extremely diverse and inspirational in their own way.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Art is like another body or presence. It is a good companion.

During my breaks, I tend to ...

Try new vegan recipes.

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

The Gathered Gallery
Class of 2020

2020

Propeller Gallery
Class of 2020 GradEx Show

2020

OCAD University
Festival of the Body

2020

OCAD University
Art Prom

2020

OCAD University
10th Anniversary Awenda Inspired

2019

Claude T. Bissell Building
Art & Mindfulness

2018

Newmarket Old Town Hall
Beam On

2017

OCAD University
36th Manning Awards Symposium

Accolades
2020

Anne Adler Kagan
Award

2019

Frances Lea Ziegler Memorial
Scholarship

2018

Marsh Urquhart Memorial
Scholarship

2018

Women's Art Association of Canada Lynne Ritchie
Scholarship

2017

Sully Corth Memorial Fund
Scholarship

2016

Project 31 Drawing and Painting
Award

2015

Delaney
Scholarship

Press
2020

Acta Victoriana
144.1

2019

Polemical Zine
Sweet

2018

Acta Victoriana
143.1

Education
2020

OCAD University
Drawing & Painting

2019

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Fine Art

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