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Emily Smith Satis Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at FringeArts

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Emily Smith Satis
Title of Artwork: Out to Sea
Location: FringeArts

Artist Statement:
I started this piece shortly after the November election because I felt like I was caught in the undertow of the ocean. The loss of control, the fear that I felt for myself and everyone I loved, was crushing. The lack of humanity in our country’s leadership is something I cannot relate to, and it pulls me deeper and deeper out to sea.

Being a gentle American in 2017 feels like drowning. There is such an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. It starts to feel so consuming that it’s hard not to give up. But hopefully we all hold on to our anger, we continue to resist, and maybe (just maybe) we’ll live to swim another day.

To purchase this piece by Emily Smith Satis, please contact the artist here – support local artists, y’all!

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

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