Emily Jan is an artist and writer who lives and works in Montréal, Canada. Born and raised in California, Jan has traveled to 33 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. She draws inspiration from the eclectic experiences of a life spent largely on the road as well as from the culture of scientific inquiry that characterized her upbringing. Jan’s work uses the local and the everyday to create bridges to the faraway and the fantastical. In her hands, common North American materials (wool, wicker, recycled cloth, and found objects) are transformed through labour-intensive processes into hyper-realistic sculptures and installations populated by real and imagined flora, fauna, and artifacts. Recent and future projects include residencies in the Peruvian Amazon, Denali National Park, and the Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina, as well as several exhibitions across North America. She is currently working on a book project which will be published with Les Éditions Roselin in 2016. Visit her website.