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BIO

I believe in the beauty of imperfection. When I find an ugly and awkward moment between colours and shapes in my art, I feel relieved and natural. The shape of lives is not always perfect. It is stained, marked, crushed and scattered. So is art, I believe. I enjoy my process of looking for the best harmony among the absurdities. 

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.

EDUCATION

OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Canada

B.F.A., Drawing and Painting, 2020

Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

B.A., Educational Psychology. 2011

B.A., English Language and Literature. 2011

EXHIBITIONS

Solo

2022

Immersed In Bliss, the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada (upcoming)

2021

Unsettler’s Chair , Marong197, Seoul, Korea

Group

2022

2022

TOAF61: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, ON, Canada

Creative Resilience / Resilient Creativity, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, Canada

2022

2022

2021

2021

2021

Art Comp, 100 Kellogg Lane, London, ON, Canada

Overzealous 2022 Perception, Art Space Connect Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

Off the Screen 2021, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

Collective Experience, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

VAM43 Juried Show, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood, Mississauga, ON, Canada

2021

2020

Sanitized Activity / Emerging Artists Exhibition, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto

Off the Screen 2020, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto

2020

Fresh Paint / New Construction, Art Mûr, Montreal, QC, Canada

2016

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

AWARDS

2020

2020

Fred Hagan, Passion in Painting Award

DRAWING & PAINTING CLASS OF 2020 GRADEx 105, Emerging Artist Award