It must be two weeks ago, since I first saw Emily Mae Smith’s playful paintings. It was during an Artist Talk at the Swiss Institute in New York, where Smith was a guest speaker. She welcomed us into her creative visions, making us smile and laugh multiple times, enhancing the event. Her Magritte-ian inspired, witty and playful characters (especially the broom ladies, an evolving series) you can see a theatric aspect in her paintings, careful moods and scenes being created, as if taken from a Samuel Beckett era.
Elusive has been so lucky to get an inside glimpse into Smith’s mind and we are more than proud to present an exclusive Q&A accompanied by a selection of Emily Mae Smith’s painting (oh boy, she has skills!). Please, enjoy.
-Which was the latest exhibition you visited that made an impression on you?
My favorite show of 2015 was “Peter Saul From Pop to Punk” at Venus Over Manhattan.
-What was the best advise you have received, and by whom?
A few years ago my friend Joyce Yamada sent me a letter with this Franz Kafka quote inside:
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
-Who are your five favourite artists?
This list is constantly changing, but here are some of current favorites I am thinking about often:
-What makes you forget time?
Working on a painting.
-What is the ultimate Christmas present?
Something made by hand.
For more content see Emily Mae Smith’s website.
Interview by Dimitria Markou.