There is nothing mundane about life and all that surrounds me which is where I garner my inspiration. The absurdity of my world and my experiences in it feed my creativity in a way I can only best be described in pictures. As an extension of myself, my work offers a glimpse into my own irreverent sense of humor. In the mind of the irreverent, the mundane becomes insane with just a twist of perspective altering the perception of what can seem otherwise ordinary or random.
My work brings to life my vivid internal conversations consisting of thoughts and views in a way I am unable to articulate in words. Like the inter-workings of internal dialogue, my work uses many images and layers of hidden messages and pictures embedded within. It is the pictorial equivalent of talking in circles in a seemingly endless conversation of the absurd--"Conversation Ricochet." A picture really is worth a thousand words and for those who know me know I have at least that many. My hope is for my work to stir an internal dialogue with its viewer.
Smith's photomontages, digital alchemy, are a transmutation of common, ordinary objects into a panacea of the mundane. Utilizing photos taken from various sources from exotic travels to everyday objects along with PhotoShop, Smith creates imagery layering photos and textures creating visual rhetoric. The relationship of the images are used as a sensory expression of cultural meanings and studies as opposed to catering purely to aesthetic consideration. It is often difficult to discern the exact relationship between different parts of the overall image created allowing the viewer to interpret the piece within their own framework of thought and visual experience. Visual tropes and tropic thinking become a part of the visual rhetoric persuading and communicating with the viewer as an intriguing story emerges. …Read More
O'Fallon, United States
Smith is a fine artist with formal education holding a BFA from Memphis College of Art in graphic design and illustration. Smith has spent the last 20 years furthering artistic pursuits through a variety of workshops and studio courses including painting, photography, printmaking, paper making and bookbinding, and clay at a number of colleges and universities. A innate interest in the visual arts and a constant quest to develop new ways to communicate ideas has been a lifelong learning experience. …Read More