Artist member since 2020
By creating oil and acrylic paintings of imagined scenery, Emma Ducharme's work examines the polarity of her current academically charged artistic practice in such a busy urban center, with imagery that depicts her quiet rural homeland. These works explore Ducharme's nostalgic longing for these natural spaces amidst the chaos of our times. This investigation of the disjunction of existing between these two environments is an invitation to question how the landscape of our upbringing affects the true and perceived Self.
Though her artistic journey began when she was young, her career as a practicing artist really began in her junior year of high school. In 2016, with her first juried group art exhibition at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Ducharme acquired a desire for deeper involvement in the Arts and subsequently followed this into her post-secondary education. Currently a fourth-year Thesis student at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Ducharme is enrolled in the Drawing and Painting program and is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree this spring.
How long have you been creating art?
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. My mother was a painter and some of my fondest memories are from when I was young and she would encourage me to paint along with her.
Though I primarily work in oil paints on wooden panels, I also have an affinity for using unconventional substrates and sourcing recycled materials in a lot of my paintings and other creative endeavours. Because of this free flowing materiality, I also greatly enjoy experimenting with other mediums and materials. Among other things, I enjoy working with acrylic paints, glass and mirrors, textiles, plastics, various sculpture materials, as well as ceramics.
When did you start making art, and why?
Though I've been a creative at heart since I was very young, I started making art with a defined sense of purpose only about 5 years ago. It happened somewhat by accident; I was urged to take a visual arts class in my junior year and I immediately rediscovered my longstanding passion for creating.
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