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Emily Garfield

Emily Garfield

About the Artist

Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves. Her work is inspired by the visual language of maps as well as the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Brown University, where she also pursued studies in the brain’s response to art and aesthetic beauty through the Cognitive Science department. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the greater Boston area as well as New York and Philadelphia. …

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About the Artist

Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves. Her work is inspired by the visual language of maps as well as the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Brown University, where she also pursued studies in the brain’s response to art and aesthetic beauty through the Cognitive Science department. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the greater Boston area as well as New York and Philadelphia. Her work is in the collection of the Kamm Teapot Foundation as well as numerous private collections.

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Artist's Work

Archigraph
Angular cityspace 217
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Angular (Cityspace #217)

By Emily Garfield

Layers and layers archigraph series 6
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Layers and layers (Archigraph series #6)

By Emily Garfield

Cityspaces
Turtle layers cityspace 209
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Turtle Layers (Cityspace #209)

By Emily Garfield

Growing fields cityspace 100
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Growing Fields (Cityspace #100)

By Emily Garfield

Thursday cityspace 146
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Thursday (Cityspace #146)

By Emily Garfield

Archipelago cityspace 137
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Archipelago (Cityspace #137)

By Emily Garfield

Stormy rivers cityspace 184
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Stormy Rivers (Cityspace #184)

By Emily Garfield

Aorta isles cityspace 210
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Aorta Isles (Cityspace #210)

By Emily Garfield

Branching networks cityspace 178
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Branching Networks (Cityspace #178)

By Emily Garfield

Shades of civilization cityspace 176
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Shades of Civilization (Cityspace #176)

By Emily Garfield

Slate cities cityspace 101
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Slate Cities (Cityspace #101)

By Emily Garfield

Watercolor boroughs cityspace 144
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Watercolor Boroughs (Cityspace #144)

By Emily Garfield

Islands and waterways cityspace 179
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Islands and Waterways (Cityspace #179)

By Emily Garfield

Composites
Cambridge ma
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Cambridge, MA

By Emily Garfield

Composite 7 winter hillairspace
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Composite #7 (Winter Hill/Airspace)

By Emily Garfield

Boston ma
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Boston, MA

By Emily Garfield

Facets of somerville
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Facets of Somerville

By Emily Garfield

Selected Exhibitions

  • Map Center, Boston Public Library
    Boston, MA, 2015
  • A.I.R. Gallery
    Brooklyn, NY, 2012
  • City Hall
    Boston, MA, 2012
  • M55 Art
    Queens, NY, 2010
  • Brown University
    Providence, RI, 2009

Press and Accolades

  • The Atlantic "City Lab" blog
    March 10, 2015
  • Boston Globe Blog "Five Great Artists"
    September 12, 2011
  • "From Here to There" (book)
    September 1, 2010 (publication date)

Education

  • Brown University, A.B. Visual Art
    Providence, RI,2009 
  • Nanzan University, Program in traditional arts
    Nagoya, Japan,2008