Emma McLay was born in 1984 in Alberta, and raised in a small rural town. She completed her BFA at the University of Alberta in 2008, and her MFA in 2011, also at the University of Alberta. 


Her research within the artistic field centres around blurring lines and definitions.  She strives to create work that occupies many spaces or categories at once: sculpture, painting and installation, deeply personal and yet relatable and communicative, academic and yet accessible.