Kirsty E. Smith


Kirsty E Smith has retained her childlike curiosity about the world.

In her practice she delights in making ambiguous forms which are curious and bulbous whilst at the same time elegant and sophisticated.

Her sculptures are fleshy, solid and theatrical and have the ability to engage viewers both physically and psychologically; so much so that each appears to have its own personality.

She gives further life to these 'beings' by taking them on journeys; ones where they play a role in an alternative version of her own life. These journeys are performances in themselves and result in photographic images of the sculptures set within a particular landscape. There is a strong sense of procession, pageantry and folklore in her work.

Smith's influences are disparate and range from her rural upbringing to an admiration of modern design both in interiors and architecture. Her work is sophisticated and elegant but never takes itself too seriously. There is a mischievous humour at the core of her practice but also a deep respect for heritage and manufacture.

Smith's idiosyncratic view of the world leaves you feeling curiously uplifted.

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Location Birmingham, West Midlands
Activities Arts in health, Disability arts, Gallery education, Film-making, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
Tags KirstyESmith, FrillipMoolog, sculpture, film, narrative, photography, performance, FeltMaking