Emily Small

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Emily Small

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I make exhibitions, writings, installations, and costumes. In my work, I am interested in how repetition becomes ritual, becomes myth, becomes space; and how patterns of belief become patterns of the material world that inform our relationships to the Earth, the living and non-living things around us, and various experiences of endings. 

I’m currently based in San Francisco, California. In 2018, I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in textiles and began my career as a textile designer in the clothing industry. I frequently collaborate and consult with both apparel and interior designers on print and pattern design, knit and weave fabrication, and fabric sustainability. In 2021 I completed a year-long artist residency at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. In 2022 I received an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, critical and curatorial studies from Columbia University in New York. I was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program from 2022 - 2023. I am currently director at Micki Meng and most recently have been collaborating with Climate Control, a low-impact gallery and contemporary art project space in the Mission Neighborhood of San Francisco.