Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181

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March 15 2019 - May 5 2019

600 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103

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February 7-May 5. With a nod to distinct painting movements in the history of art, such as Symbolism, Surrealism, and Pop art, Emily Mae Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary. Her lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, derived from the broomstick figure from Disney's Fantasia (1940). Simultaneously referring to a 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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