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Heejae Jo

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Heejae Jo was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. Having an interest in learning how people acquire emotion and their patterns of behavior, she studied Educational Psychology at Sookmyung Women’s University. Attending a women’s school also gave a great impact on her feministic perception. Studying abnormal psychology in university, she has been questioning the boundaries between normal and abnormal. In her art, she likes to experiment with what we believe is normal—tradition, universal value, and rational ways of thinking. She immigrated to Canada in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. Her identity as an immigrant and an Asian female with her interracial marriage life is a major subject matter in her art. In 2019, she decided to use her last name ‘Jo’, rather than ‘Shin’ which was granted by the male-centric convention. She chose ‘Jo’ from the names of people she loves the most.


Work

MOST VIEWED
115
Upcoming Exhibitions
2020-06-20

Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
Drawing & Painting Class of 2020 GradEX105 Show

2020-07-11

Art Mûr, Montreal
Fresh Paint / New Construction 2020

Select Past Exhibitions
2016

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Why the @#&! Do You Paint?: Go Figure

2018

OCAD University, Toronto
Migration

2019

OCAD University, Toronto
Unknowable Unknowing

2019

OCAD University, Toronto
Pop Down

2020

OCAD University, Toronto
The Festival of The Body

Accolades
2020

Fred Hagan
Passion in Painting Award

2020

Propeller Art Gallery
2020 GradEX105 Show Emerging Artist Award

Education
2011

Sookmyung Women’s University
Educational Psychology

2011

Sookmyung Women’s University
English Language and Literature

2020

OCAD University
Drawing and Painting

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