Emily May feels most at home when she is in the studio where she often works until she is starving. Originally from Vancouver, BC, May received a Fine Arts Diploma with accolades in ceramics from Langara College in 2016. She currently is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in ceramics at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. Although May primarily communicates her ideas through ceramics, her multidisciplinary practice includes sculpture, painting, film, photography and performance. May has displayed work across Canada in Halifax, Vancouver, New Westminster, and Richmond.
Initially drawing guidance from my materials, my work likes to challenge belief structures, stereotypes, and conventions. I communicate these ideas through use of humour and formal elements such as colour and form. My work examines and criticizes society’s obligations and expectations of the individual. Playing with these ideas to interact with my audience, it is important that the viewer is able to walk away from their encounter with my work gaining alternative perspectives and insights.
Student Award May 2019