Emily Grace Harrison’s raucous paintings and sculptures present the artist as someone for whom restlessness is central. To this end, both visual content and artistic practice are always in flux. Her personal experiences, along with previous studies in anthropology, politics and religion, often determine the motifs and themes that manifest in her works.
Harrison’s ongoing experiments in the hybridity between sculpture and painting play into the material investigations that occur in the studio. Her practice runs the gamut of media, taking shape on canvas, in freestanding assemblages and on wall-mounted plasticine constructions that create worlds that are both whimsical and assertive.
Tying her practice together is Harrison’s near-constant use of hyper-saturated colour, which operates as both a signifier of playfulness and as reference to the sensory-overload so common in popular culture.
Born and raised on Hornby and Vancouver Islands, Emily Grace Harrison lived in Latin America and Eastern Canada before moving to Toronto. She graduated from OCADU’s Drawing and Painting program in 2017. She is the recent recipient of the International Gachang Art Studio Residency in South Korea and the Patricia Joy Alpert Award for emerging artists.
Emily Harrison's workspace at Gachang Art Studio Residency, South Korea (Winter, 2018)