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Emily Zou

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Emily is an OCAD U graduate with a BFA in Drawing & Painting; her multimedia practice interweaves between drawing, illustration, painting, sculpture, and photography.

Emily creates mindscapes that are intimate, intuitive, surreal, and suffocating, many of which are influenced by her vivid dreams, emotions, and fluctuating mental health. In her work, dichotomies exist in a balance between stillness and turbulence, harmony and chaos, public and private, and light and dark.


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Inside the Studio


Q+A

What places do you hang out in Toronto?

Somewhere by water, under stars, with a cool or cold wind = my natural habitat

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

Art is another body and presence, and a wonderful companion, but also a great conversation starter!

During my breaks, I tend to ...

Go on runs, do night photography, make chili oil, make more art!

What do you listen to when you work?

Music by Aurora, LP, Mother Mother, Of Monsters & Men...

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Introspective and soulful

Best season of the year in Toronto

As long as it is cool or cold, then I can breathe.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-05-28

Apocalypse Exhibition , online
APOCALYPSE: The Here and Now

Select Past Exhibitions
2021

Propeller Art Gallery
Salon 15

2020

OCAD University
GradEx 105

2020

The Gathered Gallery
Class of 2020

2020

OCAD University and Mackenzie Investments
Creating Inclusive Spaces

2020

Propeller Art Gallery
Off The Screen 2020

2020

Propeller Art 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

OCAD University
OCAD U 2020 Drawing & Painting Catalogue

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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