“The story behind this piece is the process of big life transitions. I moved back to the United States from Hong Kong during the early days of the pandemic, and it wasn’t a very smooth transition. We ended up unexpectedly in South Carolina—a place that I had never been before, and stayed there for a year due to unforeseen circumstances,” says artist Greer Howland Smith. “The one thing that connected the transition were the palm trees, which are both in South Carolina and Hong Kong, and nature in general.”
“This artwork reminds me to be grateful for shelter and nature. This was an intuitive painting and I painted it over the course of a week while I was helping my children through Zoom school. I hope it will serve as a reminder for others to reflect on their home and surrounding environments.”
Size: 18 x 24 inches
Greer Howland Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who works across a broad range of mediums including paint, installation and performance art. Themes she regularly addresses include current issues concerning biotechnology, social media, politics and feminism. Her work has been featured in Monocle Magazine, W Magazine, South China Morning Post and Home Journal.
Howland Smith has a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) from The University of Edinburgh where she also studied History of Art. She wrote her dissertation on the intersection of biotechnology and art. Greer also attended Saga Art College in Kyoto, Japan where she studied tapestry. Greer was born in the United States of America but has spent over 20 years living abroad including 11 years in Hong Kong. She currently resides in New York City.
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