By Celina Colby

Local Brookline artist Emily Perelman is still sorting out where her artistic passions will take her, but she’s making quite a splash while doing so. The Boston University student studying psychology with an art minor has become known around town for her vividly colored, psychedelic digital artwork.

“I’ve always been into working with color and working with very graphic shapes and symbols. It felt like a natural development to get to where I am now,” says Perelman. Her work can currently be seen in the Downtown Crossing utility box exhibition “It’s Welcome Time.” She’ll soon have pieces on display in the elevator vestibule at Building 89 in Allston.

Perelman works digitally, sketching her designs on a tablet, which allows her to be mobile and not tied to a studio or bulky physical materials. Her artistic practice is tied to a psychological practice of mindfulness.

“I find that I make my best work and my most fulfilling work when I am grounding myself in that moment, really taking the time to be conscious about where am I, why am I creating right now and observing what’s going on around me,” she says. Though the artist may use digital materials, her thoughtfulness about being present in the physical world grounds her work in a more traditional reflective process.

Vivid, neon colors and pop art shapes categorize Perelman’s work. “Psychedelic” is her favorite adjective to describe her style. Though the shapes themselves are easy to identify, each piece mixes symbols in an intellectually probing fashion. Knives, spades, and hourglasses are frequent themes in her work, perhaps manifesting feelings of anxiety about chance, the future, and the passage of time.

Though a Florida native, Perelman has taken to Brookline well. The rich natural environment around town has lent itself well to her mindfulness practice. “I’m living right by Amory Park,” she says. “I didn’t know it when I rented the apartment, but I’m so thrilled to be there because, especially in the warmer months, it provides such a space of solace. It’s nice to have a green space nearby to get out of my head.”

In addition to seeing her work around town, art lovers can purchase prints on Perelman’s website via Society6. She’s also active in art markets around Greater Boston, such as Brookline Open Studios, JP Flea, and the Boston Hassle Market.

Ultimately Perelman hopes her work brings joy to the community. She says, “I’m trying to make something really energizing and exciting and fun. I want people to smile when they see it.”