new-york

Mimi Smith

55 Mercer Gallery

It seems to be standard practice in our technological culture to perceive politics and daily life as separate and unrelated aspects of society, and thus to abstract large social issues from the effect they have on personal existence. But I’ve noticed that since the advent of the women’s movement, thanks to feminist research in this direction, more and more people have recognized that such a schism is unrealistic, and have begun to explore—through artistic and other means—the ways in which public policies and private lives are interconnected. The artist Mimi Smith is one such person; these connections are the subject of her installation House with Clouds.

House with Clouds is, first and foremost, about political, social and ecological issues, though the installation itself consists of a paper house standing in the middle of the gallery space, surrounded by six drawings of clouds on the walls.

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