artist’s portfolio

Art Statements

In the Absence of Light

The silent, constant roar of the waves, the distant light, the first star. Another day passed yet lingering, remembered. As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef of the universe and of the future. A vast similitude interlocks all.
On the beach at night Walt Whitman

And walking up the long beach alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea.
Sarah Teasdale

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea …….. We are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy

The sea, once it casts it’s spell, holds one in it’s net of wonder forever.
Jacques Cousteau

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh and free sea air was like a quieting thought.
Helen Keller

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us……… like the homesick refugees of along war.
Loren Eiseley

Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / Let your soul and spirit fly / into the mystic.
Van Morrison
LAURIE SMITH 2015

Expected Shock

Multiple steel panels reflect the artist’s use of text as art ranging from the use of classical quotes to junk mail. The work explores art as interpretation, text intermingled with surface. 'The Collector' a two panel enamel and steel artwork “I am addicted to the talents of others” demonstrates the artist as a collector of words, objects and sources reinterpreting the serendipitous confluence of text, surface, meaning, wit and sensibility.

LAURIE SMITH 2003

Still Life

STILL. Adj. - remaining in place, motionless, stationary. - free from sound or noise, as a place, time - free from commotion of any kind, quiet, tranquil, calm. - at this or that time - continuing now or in the future as in the past. Steadily, constantly, always.

LIFE. Noun. - period of existence - the period between the appearance and disappearance of a particle.

STILL LIFE - a picture representing inanimate objects.

LAURIE SMITH 2000




Provided Passage

To connect or reduce the distance between,
A structure that spans and provides passage,
Pillar of strength, piles of support, pier under pressure,
Persistent Pylon, Bridge, Arch, Overpass, Span, Bank, Bond,
Connection, link, Tie, Bind, Extend across, Traverse, Unite

The process is an integral part of the product.
If past cultures are judged by the structures they leave behind, how will some of this culture’s erections reflect on us?
A linear technique used to depict mass, monumentality.
Bridging structures tend towards Fascism in their functional minimalism.
My work has rarely drawn a line between form, materials or process.
Each impacts on the other and are equally valid.
The nature and qualities of a material and its method are part of each work.
Analogy – Relationships
LAURIE SMITH 2005

Context

The parts that precede and follow...contribute to its’s full meaning
All art is made, constructed, viewed and assessed in, and/or out of a context. My concerns with these works vary but all intersect and overlap at various points:
  • ~precious/non precious
  • ~text as pattern
  • ~when does a mark becomes a symbol?
  • ~intention of a part versus context as a whole
  • ~truth to material or process opposed to finish
  • ~accident versus intention

This work both two dimensional and three dimensional is generally made from 'materials with a history', a previous existence, function or intention. The compositions are based on photographic sources taken out of that context and fabricated from other materials. They lose their original intention/function and take on my 'imposed' concepts.
  • ~corroded steel - disposed of, the mark of time
  • ~ash - the residue of a previous form/material
  • ~technical components -a previous function
  • ~gold leaf - marks, symbols, patterns, outside the original context of the written word

A collector and hoarder by nature, I tend to look at most anything as a source of materials or compositions. These “materials” often have a value and use beyond their intended function and each materials fulfulls a requirement.
Previously my work has predominantly been three dimensional, be it, jewellery or sculpture ( merely a change in scale). I have only recently returned to two dimensional work still exploring and developing the same concerns and ideas.
LAURIE SMITH 2000