About Me

Biography

Emerald Repard-Denniston (Born in Hunan, China) is a visual artist based in Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Musqueam/Vancouver, and Tkaronto/Toronto. She is a multidisciplinary artist drawn to painting, digital media, and activist work. She holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University with a Minor in Art and Social Change (2022). Emerald is the co-founder and current organizer/curator for the Shoes Off Collective (artist-run collective) and is a member of The Plumb (DIY artist-run project)

Artist Statement


Emerald's current artistic praxis revolves around contemporary figurative oil painting. Within this framework, she deftly employs the human form as a conduit to navigate the interplay of the political within both private and public domains. Emerald conscientiously fabricates spaces where corporeal experiences oscillate between the realms of pain and pleasure, intertwining the fabric of reality with that of a dreamscape.

Incorporating playful gestures imbued with symbolism, she orchestrates allegorical narratives that lend her practice an autobiographical intimacy. Her work, underpinned by influences from the realms of cynical realism, super flat, and futurism. Moreover, her artistic exploration extends to probing issues surrounding representation, diasporic storytelling, and queer theory. 

Through this, Emerald endeavours to elicit a visceral response, compelling viewers to engage in contemplation of the intricate tapestry that is the contemporary world, suspending oneself between loss and reclamation.

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Education

2022 OCAD University, Bachelor of Fine Arts:
Maj. Arts Drawing and Painting, Min. Art and Social Change, Toronto, Ontario 

Solo Exhibitions

2023 

She’s Been Haunting Me in My Dreams, Spacer Maker II, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

Tender Curiosities - Diastories, Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond 

Lithify, Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond

Toronto Out Door Art Fair, City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square

2022 

Tropical Cafe Holiday Art Market, Centre A Gallery

Grand Opening Showcase, Liquidation World

I will Doom Scroll Until my Eyes go Dry, Swell and I fall Asleep and Die, Remote Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Second Annual Juried Show of Visual Arts, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Emerging Now, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Fresh Paint/New Construction, Art Mûr Gallery, Montréal, Quebec 

GradEx 107 Thesis Show, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

2021 

WiTNESS MEDiA, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 

Grants and Awards

2022 

Drawing and Painting Medal, OCAD University

John Madott Fine Art Award, OCAD University

Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University

Student Group Leader Award, OCAD University

Artist Career Launcher Recipient: Partial Gallery


Curation, Projects, Events 

2024 

Chosen Family, Shoes Off Collective x Bevy Space Gallery 

2022

Take Your Shoes Off! Shoes Off Collective Exhibition Catalogue,Catalogue Committee/Fundraiser

I will Doom Scroll Until my Eyes go Dry, Swell and I fall Asleepand Die, Remote Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

#RisingYouth Grant, Bamboo Sticky Rice - Communities inRelation, OCADU

Blue Print for a Collective Home, Shoes Off Collective, Great HallGallery, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

Navigating Identity In the Asian Diaspora, Shoes Off Collective,Ada Slaight Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

Drawing and Painting Catalogue Committee, Fundraising/Graphic Design, OCADU GradEx 

Residencies 

2024

AcentricSpace Art Residency, ACENTRICSPACE, Zhujiajiao,China 

2023 

Vice Versa Retreat, Duplex Artist Society x Shoes OffCollective

2022 

Archives of Ontario: 150 Anniversary of the OntarioSociety of Artists, Toronto, Ontario

2021 

What Moves You?: UAL/OCAD Residency, Remote/OnlineToronto, Ontario 

Professional Experience

2022      

Project Coordinator, Nuit Blanche North York, Ontario

University Recruiter, Admissions and Recruitment OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

Gallery Attendant, Ignite Gallery, OCADU Toronto, Ontario

2021 

Gallery Installation Crew, Polygon Gallery North Vancouver, BC

Gallery Installation Crew, Centre A Gallery Vancouver, BC

2019-2020 

Art Guru/Teacher, 4Cats Art StudioVancouver, BC/Toronto, Ontario

Publications

2023 

Season 2 Inner Space, AGO Youth, AGO

2022 

A Mark Here, Again. RARARA, Reel Asian

Granola Gworl Head Cover, Toronto Sun

7 Must-See Artists at Grad-Ex 107, The Curators Club Journal,Partial Gallery, 

Blue Print for a Collective Home, Toronto Star

Cool Down, China Town Stories Volume 4:Heat, China TownToday

2021 

Conflict with the Internal Occident and the External Orient, SUSpring Festival, Digital Catalogue 

Liberated for a Night, Hardwire Journal, Undergraduate Journal ofSexual Diversity Studies at UofT 

2020 

Liberated for a Night, The Herd Archive/Volume 3, E-Magazine/Instagram

Gastown Murals of Gratitude, Museum of Vancouver,Vancouver, BC 

Using Format