Emily Mae Smith
(b. 1979, Austin, Texas; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Revenge of the Flowers, 2020. Digital collage of original oil and watercolor paintings. Courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, Perrotin Gallery, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.
During quarantine I was awestruck by the flora and fauna transforming the city landscape. There were major drops in air pollution levels. Reports of rat adventures appeared in the newspapers. Grasses grew wildly to waist high in former dirt patches. Yellow dandelions dotted ball fields, then turned into snowy puffballs casting off their airborne heads to unknown destinations. In our natural world I found a small respite, a parable, a warning and a blessing.
Emily Mae Smith is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.