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Emily Garfield
New York, NY

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.
Taking inspiration from scientific approaches, Emily Garfield bases her art practice on collaborative discovery as much as individual research, highlighted in ongoing monthly science-art meetups as well as workshops: at Genspace in New York, and at the DeCordova Museum and the Peabody Essex …

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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.
Taking inspiration from scientific approaches, Emily Garfield bases her art practice on collaborative discovery as much as individual research, highlighted in ongoing monthly science-art meetups as well as workshops: at Genspace in New York, and at the DeCordova Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum while in Boston, among others. She was the 2014 director of the Somerville Open Studios city-wide arts event, and now lives in New York where she helps to produce the Tribeca Art+Culture Night art festival. Emily Garfield received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, where she also studied the aesthetic response through cognitive science.

Time-lapse map drawing video: http://vimeo.com/50571510
7-minute presentation from 2017 on making maps from rules: https://youtu.be/x6yIast7AFo
20-minute presentation from 2020 on inspirations and science connection: https://youtu.be/dtpsDWZg3tA

Artist’s Work

Composites
Cambridge ma
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Cambridge, MA

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

Composite new york city
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Composite (New York City)

By Emily Garfield

Composite cambridgesomerville
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Composite (Cambridge/Somerville)

By Emily Garfield

Composite 7 winter hillairspace
Emily garfield

Composite #7 (Winter Hill/Airspace)

By Emily Garfield

Cityspaces
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

Watercolor boroughs cityspace 144
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Watercolor Boroughs (Cityspace #144)

By Emily Garfield

Thursday cityspace 146
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Thursday (Cityspace #146)

By Emily Garfield

Turtle layers cityspace 209
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Turtle Layers (Cityspace #209)

By Emily Garfield

Aorta isles cityspace 210
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Aorta Isles (Cityspace #210)

By Emily Garfield

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

By Emily Garfield

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

By Emily Garfield

Branching networks cityspace 178
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Branching Networks (Cityspace #178)

By Emily Garfield

Growing fields cityspace 100
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Growing Fields (Cityspace #100)

By Emily Garfield

Slate cities cityspace 101
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Slate Cities (Cityspace #101)

By Emily Garfield

Organic Algorithm series
Conduits organic algorithm 12
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Conduits (Organic algorithm #12)

By Emily Garfield

Splatter generated terrain organic algorithm 11
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Splatter-generated terrain (Organic algorithm #11)

By Emily Garfield

Organic algorithm 41
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Organic Algorithm #41

By Emily Garfield

Quadrants series
San francisco quadrants series
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San Francisco (Quadrants series)

By Emily Garfield

New york city quadrants series
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New York City (Quadrants series)

By Emily Garfield

Selected Exhibitions

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