Emma Ducharme is an emerging Tkaronto-based multidisciplinary artist exploring futurism in abstraction. Working from intuitive plein-air graphite sketches to generate dimensional, geometric wall sculptures, Ducharme's process heavy work implores the vitality of awareness; stressing the importance of rest and self-reflection in the dismantling of capitalist, colonial systems that value robotic productivity over individual peace. Reflecting on the cruciality of radically joyful, often commercially unproductive art-making in an increasingly commodified world, the work calls into question our relationship with items; it considers the spiritual and personal implications of art-making, while challenging our corporate commodified relationship to objects. Comfort and security (financial or other) are often seen as the basis for success. But what is the true definition of success, outside of these corporatized monetary illusions so few of us ever experience?
Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design University (2021), Ducharme’s work considers the importance of play in art, design, fashion, food; life. Her works challenge the notion that good work must be serious work, and stresses the necessity for self-actualized, joyful work (in conjunction with all the serious stuff), in order to forge a brighter future. Her work implores one thing, overall; Hope.
Growing up in Sudbury (b. 1999) and spending her early years in rural northern Ontario, Ducharme’s practice is influenced in colour and form by an appreciation of the natural landscape; centering meaningful making and prioritizing an awareness of our environment’s impact on us, and, in turn, our impact on it.