BA (Hons) Fine Art
Smith’s work can be divided into two clear collections: the first being illustrations of real plants that mimic human and animalistic features. Exaggerating the human characteristics of the plants and utilising Freud’s theory of The Uncanny, Smith emotes themes of the everyday through a warped lens, often accompanying her prints with poems and stream-of-consciousness writings to utilise personification and zoomorphism in the creation of characters.
The second series, takes a more surrealist approach as she creates human plants in varying levels of growth. Looking at the works you will notice that these figures are not thriving, but in anguish, decaying and returning to the soil from which they have come; representing negative human emotions through a visual language most people can recognise, plants wilting.
Smith’s series also appropriates compositions of religious paintings from the renaissance period, a nod the stylistic inspirations she has gained from the art movement.