Artist member since 2020
Toronto-based oil painter & assemblagist, Emma Ducharme has been a practicing artist for over six years. After moving to Toronto from Northern Ontario in 2017 to attend OCAD University, Ducharme’s work quickly began to reference this major shift in personal environment and perspective.
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.
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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