Propeller Member Since 2022
Emily is an emerging multimedia artist who works primarily with drawing and painting media and sculpture. She studied at DJCAD in Scotland while on an exchange, and she is a 2020 BFA graduate from OCADU’s Drawing & Painting program. Emily has shown her work at galleries and art fairs such as Gallery 1313, John B. Aird Gallery, Propeller Art Gallery, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, “Bloom Festival” and Art & Mindfulness, a yearlong exhibition held at the University of Toronto to raise awareness for mental health.
Working primarily with drawing, painting, and sculptural media, I create surreal landscapes and spaces that reflect a psychological state (such as my journey with mental health, depression, anxiety, and a desire for intimacy). I explore imagery from personal narratives, memories, and dreams – imagery that appears crowded, intertwining, and even suffocating to encourage a search-and-find approach from viewers. In an age where mental illness and mental health awareness continues to rise, I hope that my art can contribute to this conversation and provide a space for dialogue, connection, and understanding.Emily Zou