Emily Mae Smith was born in Texas and draws upon Surrealism, Pop Art and Symbolism in her works which comment on current politics and society. She is most known for her signature character, the broomstick-inspired art piece inspired by Disney‘s 1940 film Fantasia. In addition to Smith’s Art Nouveau graphics drawn from Disney are nods to psychedelic posters from the Summer of Love in 1967, and together, the references combined with the artists political point-of-view delivers works that challenge, question and depict gender, sexuality, capitalism, violence and more.
As Smith says in a press release, the broom is “this very lowly thing that became very powerful when someone tried to control it.” Through her works, Smith tells a story of an uprising — representing the domestic labor put upon women and then showcasing how her broomstick becomes rebellious against the master.
This message is told in “Avalon,” which thanks to the aforementioned references combines a number of works that explore everything from psychedelia to eroticism. Take a look inside Emily Mae Smith’s “Avalon” exhibition at Perrotin Tokyo in the gallery above, and experience it for yourself from August 28 until November 9.
In related news, Todd James has delivered a number of highly saturated works in his exhibition “There’s No Place Like Home.”
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Emily Mae Smith’s newest body of work, soon to be on view at Perrotin Tokyo! ✨ Emily Mae Smith is known for her lively narrative oil paintings that offer sly social and political commentary. Her most prominent symbol is an anthropomorphized broom, which stems from Disney’s Fantasia (1940). The broom is simultaneously an artistic and domestic tool, allowing it to take on different meanings in Smith’s work. By assuming different guises, Smith’s broom offers commentary on gender, sexuality and capitalism. – エミリー・メイ・スミスの新作がペロタン東京にやってきます！ エミリー・メイ・スミスは、社会や政治へのひょうきんな解釈を提示した、生き生きとしたナラティブを描いた油彩画で知られています。彼女の最も目立ったシンボルは、ディズニーのファンタジア（1940）に由来する、擬人化されたほうきです。ほうきは芸術的かつ家庭的な道具であり、スミスの作品にさまざまな意味を持たらしています。異なった様相を呈することで、スミスのほうきは、性別・セクシュアリティ・資本主義について解き明かしているのです。 — Emily Mae Smith — ‘Avalon’ ? Perrotin Tokyo ? August 28 — November 9, 2019 — @emaesmith #EmilyMaeSmith #figurativepainting #Perrotin #PerrotinTokyo — Emily Mae Smith, ‘The Gleaner and Me’, 2019. Oil on linen, 129.5 x 170.2 cm | 51 x 67 inch.