See new work by artist Emily Mae Smith and hear more about her process, visual language, and influences in this virtual studio visit. In her SCAD Museum of Art exhibition Feast and Famine, on view Aug. 20–Jan. 1, Smith presents a selection of paintings from the past five years that reveal dichotomies in her work — hard and slick, soft and sensual, transformed and transgressive.
Smith excavates and transforms cultural iconographies in wildly inventive paintings that are steeped in art history yet offer novel mythologies. On first approach, her work is funny, charming, surprising, and pristine. Through further investigation, viewers uncover rich symbolism. Gaping mouths, extended tongues, and eyelashes are just some of the figures and objects that comprise Smith’s humorous and layered visual toolkit, which she wields to speak to feminist concerns like gender, politics, labor, and representation.
About the artist
Emily Mae Smith (b. 1979, Austin, Texas) lives and works in New York and is represented by CFA Berlin, Rodolphe Janssen, Perrotin, and Simone Subal Gallery. Her solo exhibitions include Emily Mae Smith at Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2018), Matrix 181 at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut (2019), and Ex Libris at the Marion Art Gallery, Fredonia University, New York (2020), among others. Her work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Arsenal Contemporary Art.
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