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b. 1979, USA

Emily Mae Smith Biography

Emily Mae Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary, with a nod to distinct historical painting movements, such as symbolism, surrealism, and pop art. Her lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, an anthropomorphic broomstick figure. Simultaneously referencing the painter’s brush, a domestic tool associated with women’s work, and the phallus, the figure continually transforms across Smith’s body of work. By adopting a variety of guises, the broom and other symbols speak to contemporary subjects, including gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

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Smith has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

Text courtesy Perrotin.


Emily Mae Smith Featured Artworks

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Coat of Arms by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithCoat of Arms, 2021Watercolour and ink on paper
15.2 x 10.2 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Harvest Time by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithHarvest Time, 2021Watercolour and ink on paper
15.2 x 10.2 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Entanglement by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithEntanglement, 2021Watercolour and ink on paper
15.9 x 22.9 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Double Sunset Cliffside by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithDouble Sunset Cliffside, 2020Watercolour and ink on paper
10.2 x 15.2 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Cliff Dreamer by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithCliff Dreamer, 2020Watercolour, colour pencil, ink on paper
15.2 x 10.2 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Ginkgo by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithGinkgo, 2021Watercolour and ink on paper
15.2 x 10.2 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
The Field, The Gleaner and Me by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithThe Field, The Gleaner and Me, 2021Watercolour and ink on paper
14.6 x 20.3 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Biloba by Emily Mae Smith contemporary artwork
Emily Mae SmithBiloba, 2021Oil on linen
94 x 121.9 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery

Emily Mae Smith Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bitter Nest at Perrotin, Tokyo
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15 June–17 July 2021 Group Exhibition Bitter Nest PerrotinTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Works on paper at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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10 June–10 July 2021 Group Exhibition Works on paper rodolphe janssenBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Emily Mae Smith, Speculative Objects at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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27 February–30 March 2021 Emily Mae Smith Speculative Objects rodolphe janssenBrussels

Emily Mae Smith Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
rodolphe janssen contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium rodolphe janssen Brussels, Knokke

Emily Mae Smith In Ocula Magazine

Emily Mae Smith In Related Press

NO PATIENCE FOR MONUMENTS Related Press NO PATIENCE FOR MONUMENTS 1 June 2019, Art Asia Pacific

In author Ursula K. Le Guin's 1986 essay, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Le Guin cites writer and editor Elizabeth Fisher's "carrier bag theory," which posits that the earliest tool was in fact a vessel for gathering and not a weapon—as is favored in male-centric historical narratives—pointing to the biases ingrained in...

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