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emmy smith, artist statement.

february, 2022


            Prepared to be situated in a context of large scale ink drawings on brown paper, stranger sculptures begin to emerge. Mute recombinations of small materials scatter on a table. Movement exists or is suggested, evoking proximity, relationship, ecology. The drawings are getting larger, spilling down onto the floor, making up for their lack of material complexity in scale. Their hands curl into the corner between the floor and the wall, large, wrought and graphic. Heads and sexual parts are obscure, limbs do not track.

            Ecological grief, online disaffectation and the alienation of work under capitalism underpin my explorations into the psyche of contemporary modes of life. Writing, gesture drawing and cycling objects through installations and various forms of display all blend these themes with their specific forms. Broken futures, utopia and failure possibilities are considered, emotionally soaked in the heavy fluid of climate change from the perspective of life in the burning american west.

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         emmy e smith is a writer and artist from the mountain west in CO. Her work, tethered to the energy of ink and line, considers space as essential and strives to be awake to the human and planetary realities of the conditions of the sixth great extinction. She has contributed to various publications, including HAIR + NAILS ZINE and is the founder of Auspices, a small press that prints written works by visual artists. Emmy recieved her MFA in Visual Studies in 2023.   

L'adjectif ~ The adjective
He is troubled by any image of himself, suffers when he is named. He finds the perfection of a human relationship in this vacancy of the image: to abolish—in oneself, between oneself and others—adjectives; a relationship which adjectivizes is on the side of the image, on the side of domination, of death.

pp 43 Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes

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