Photo: Jayne Anita Smith in Penzance, South West

Jayne Anita Smith

Curator, Project manager

Situated between consciousness and dream, the fractured fragments of another world float on the marginal spaces of our being. Delicately intertwined the organic writhing forms hide a deadly beauty that embalms the inhabitants in its cancerous growth. Suspended by the threads of their past failures and repressed memories, they cast the shadows of their own destruction, referencing J G Ballards's tthe castaways dystopic existence in Vermillion Sands.

Promised the sublime through a manufactured, false beauty, these flawed individuals search for the otherness in relation to the self. Seeking the promised land they are engulfed into a labyrinth of fractured congestion; blinded by toxic temptations and dark desires.

Within this transitory realm suspendended in time and space, my drawings evolve organically, in an attempt to reconnect with the experiences and memories that have shaped me both as a human being and an artist. Shifting, fleeting morsels of random imagery thet exist in the space in between consciousness. An important development in my artistic practice, a way of breaking down physical barriers to open up a dialogue between the tenuous links to the past and childhood dreams of the future.

My work searches for the instinctive space where we search for something more as a reaction to the restraints placed upon us as individuals by a culturally commercialised and plastic contemporary  world.. They set out to explore the loss of utopia and failure of modernism, asking the questions: What was it we might have hoped? what was the world we thought we could have?

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Location Penzance, South West
Activities Residencies, Participatory projects, Curating
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting, Participatory, Photography, Printmaking
Tags Figurative, Landscape, contemporary, art, utopia, distopic, displacement, environment, culture

News & Events

  • Context Miami Art

    01/12/2016 – 06/12/2016
    Context Miami Art

    Showing with Coates And Scarry

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  • Walking into memory

    19/09/2015 – 20/09/2015
    60, Morrab Road, Penzance. TR18 4EP

    Walking into Memory is an artist-led project initiated by Jayne Anita Smith bringing together a diverse range of 24 artists from Cornwall and the wider UK, who will take over an empty Victorian house.

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  • RA Summer Exhibition 2015

    My work 'On our knees' has been accepted, hung and sold at this years RA Summer Exhibition.

  • Complicit

    14/07/2015 – 02/08/2015
    Gallery 8, Duke Street, London

    Group exhibition with Coates and Scarry. Artists Jayne Anita Smith, Kate Macguire, Juliette Losq.

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