Emily Smith: When a Man Decides to Hurt You

Posted: Jul 12 2016

Artwork by Emily Smith: When a Man Decides to Hurt You
When a Man Decides to Hurt You
Works by Emily Smith
July 22, 2016 - August 20, 2016
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Press:
artnet: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/art-guide-philadelphia-august-2016-590621
Juxtapoz: http://www.juxtapoz.com/news/painting/emily-smith-when-a-man-decides-to-hurt-you/
Billy Penn (interview): http://billypenn.com/2016/07/22/artist-explores-her-assault-american-violence-and-feminism-in-technicolor-series/
Metro: http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/dnc-2016-xponential-fest-and-more-this-weekend/zsJpgr---zDngLdrskDfRY/

Gallery Open Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: info@paradigm-gallery.com / (267)266-0073

Location: Paradigm Gallery + Studio • 746 S. 4th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19147
www.ParadigmArts.org

Artist Statement // In the spring of 2015, I was assaulted by a stranger on my walk home from the gym. I was left unconscious on the street with a severe concussion, broken jaw and sinus, and shattered tooth. The assailant was never brought to justice.

"When A Man Decides to Hurt You" is not only an attempt for me to process the event, but it is also an examination of the profound physical and emotional impact of violence in America, particularly against women.

I juxtaposed watercolors with explosive fabric patterns; a pairing that is meant to both agitate the eye and champion more "feminine" media. They are framed in traditional Americana patterns, a reminder that mine is an unexceptional American story. We live in a society where physical, sexual, and emotional violence against women is commonplace, and violence stemming from poverty, racial injustice, and lack of support for those struggling with their mental health is part of our everyday landscape.

These paintings document one story in a sea of stories. I hope it leads us to a confrontational conversation: what is happening here in America? What role are we all playing in the systemic nature of violence? And what are we actively doing to stop it?

Bio // Emily Smith has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as being a visiting critic and conference presenter. Smith is a recipient of a 2012 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant which supported her exhibition In Visible Skin: Portraits of Transgender Philadelphia, which was shown at the William Way LGBT Center in 2013, the Berman Museum of Art in 2014, and is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. She is currently the Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

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All involved parties (gallerists and artist) are available for comment or other media requests.  Please email sara@paradigm-gallery.com.
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 Artwork by Emily Smith: When a Man Decides to Hurt You Artwork by Emily Smith: When a Man Decides to Hurt You

Comments

  • Posted by Esfer on May 03, 2017

    Your ability to process this attack into beautifuI paintings is amazing!

    I hope they catch this monster and he spends the balance of his sorry life in maximum security prison. I am a man. I hate that men are responsible for the overwhelming majority of violence in the world towards women. Every woman should be able move through life without fear of men.

  • Posted by Nick Thabit on December 16, 2016

    I’m blown away. Sharing. Thank you.

  • Posted by Ruthann on July 13, 2016

    Powerful work. Prayers for your full healing. Looks like you are almost there!

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