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Memento Mori Wall Clock

Limited edition of 35, 2016
Laminated print mounted on Sintra with high-torque quartz clock

Signed and numbered by the artist en verso

12.00 x 9.25 x 1.25 in
30.48 x 23.50 x 3.18 cm

Only 1 left
  • Unframed work ships within 5 business days.
  • Framed prints ship within 2-4 weeks.
  • International customers are responsible for applicable duties and taxes.


About the Work

Emily Mae Smith paints with a highly edited eye, sophisticated technical prowess, and an encyclopedic breadth of references that traverse art history, pop culture, and feminist theory. Due to their complexity, Smith’s slick surfaces provide a variety of entry points for viewer engagement. Based on her painting titled The Studio (Memento Mori), Smith's edition Memento Mori Wall Clock presents audiences with a literal interpretation on her metaphorical rumination of the passage of time. Its composition references 17th century Vanitas paintings, while the melting ice cube and refracted low slung cherry represent sensuality, mortality, and the perilous position of the female artist. With Smith’s recurrent phrase “The Studio” looming overhead, Memento Mori Wall Clock becomes an intricate exploration of the tremendous force that creation exerts over ones desires and fears.

Artist Biography

Emily Mae Smith (b. 1979, Austin, TX) has held solo exhibitions at Petzel (New York), Perrotin (Paris, Tokyo), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, GA), Rockefeller Arts Center (Fredonia, NY), Le Consortium (Dijon), 39 Great Jones Street (New York), and Simone Subal (New York), among others. Selected group exhibitions include presentations at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), LACMA (Los Angeles), Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art (Rizhao City, China), Jason Haam (Seoul), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Arsenal Contemporary (New York), Jeffrey Deitch (Los Angeles), Hauser and Wirth (New York), Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London), Tanya Bonakdar (New York), Dio Horia (Mykonos), China Art Object Galleries (Los Angeles), and Lisa Cooley (New York). Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Authentication & Resale

This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. 

Be sure to keep your Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in a safe place. We are unable to replace or reissue COAs.


Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.

Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.

We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.

Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.

Shippings & Returns

Unframed work ships within 5 business days of your order. Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Please allow 2-4 weeks for framing and delivery. Need it faster? Expedited options may be available by emailing All work ships from the US. International customers are responsible for any customs, duty, or VAT charges. 

If you change your mind after placing your order, please email us at within 24 hours. We will not be able to accommodate cancellations for framed orders after that time period (as your frame will have been ordered and cut within that time period). We may not be able to accommodate your request to cancel your order for an unframed work after 24 hours if it has been packaged and processed by our fulfillment center. 

We are unable to accept returns on custom framed artwork. Our general policy is that we do not accept returns. If your print arrives damaged or does not meet your expectations, you may be eligible for a replacement or return. Any issues must be reported within 5 business days of receipt by emailing