Approved: 01.07.2008

Kirsty E. Smith

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 01.07.2008

We live in a constant dialogue between memory and our experiences of the present. Kirsty E Smith’s practice draws on a passion for architecture and the optimism of Futurism.
As humans we have a fundamental need to make sense of the world and our place in it. Our experiences come into the brain in a vast flow of neural impulses from the eye, the ear, the tongue, skin and so on. Smith’s intention is to create work which resonates on a deeply emotive level and which acts as a vehicle to reconnect with a ‘place’ or memory deep in our subconscious. Frillip Moolog is the name that she has given to such a place. 

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    Biography

    We live in a constant dialogue between memory and our experiences of the present. Kirsty E Smith’s practice draws on a passion for architecture and the optimism of Futurism.
    As humans we have a fundamental need to make sense of the world and our place in it. Our experiences come into the brain in a vast flow of neural impulses from the eye, the ear, the tongue, skin and so on. Smith’s intention is to create work which resonates on a deeply emotive level and which acts as a vehicle to reconnect with a ‘place’ or memory deep in our subconscious. Frillip Moolog is the name that she has given to such a place. 

    Kirsty E Smith works at the hinge of different worlds: between that of vintage Sci-Fi and the domestic and everyday, and there is a disarming sense of playfulness in what she makes. 

    She works with an eclectic range of materials to fabricate her strangely anthropomorphic sculptures: they are vessels that hold and suggest many ideas simultaneously, being rich with history and narrative, both in a personal and more general sense.

    Through photography, the beings are sometimes set within specific landscapes, such that there is a strong sense of procession, pageantry and folklore. In her video meanwhile, incongruous sound bites are intended to surprise, entertain and layer meaning, drawing the viewer into her idiosyncratic 'alternative' world. 

    CV & Education

    AWARDS and RESIDENCIES

    2016 
    Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award

    2014-2015 AA2A Residency at Sheffield College, UK

    2012 Wirksworth Festival: Curated Programmme Commission

    2010-2011 AA2A Residency at Coventry University, UK

    2009 
    Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award

    2008
    UK Trade and Industry Travel Grant for research trip to Chicago, USA
    Best 3D Art, West Midlands Open, UK
    Shortlisted Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, UK

    2007 
    Metro Boulot-Dodo Award, Leicester Open, Leicester, UK
    People's Favourite (3D) Award Staffordshire Open, UK
    Finalist RSA Trefor Campbell Award for Enterprise.

    COLLECTIONS

    Private collection: A.Bühler, Switzerland
    Private collection: S. Hankins, Spain

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2017
    DeepSpaceMoolog, Testbed1, Druid St, London 

    2016 
    Space Moolog, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

    2011
    Frillip Moolog: Another Place, The Public, West Bromwich, UK. 

    2010
    Blink UnBlink S.Q.U.A.T. Liverpool (curated by Gregory Scott Gurner and Asher Remy-Toledo) Liverpool Biennial UK.

    Inventions of the Mind, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield, UK

    2009
    Close Encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind, Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, London, UK.

    Close Encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind, Solihull Arts Centre, Solihull, UK.

    The Yin and Yang of Frillip Moolog, South Bank Art Centre, Bedford, UK.

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2018 Otherworldly, Burghley Sculpture Gardens, Stamford, UK

    2017 
    Unique Beauty, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, UK

    Warriors, Persistence Works, Sheffield UK

    Drawing for Sculpture, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe UK

    2016 
    Bloc Assembly, Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK

    2014-15 Case of Curio, FBI Worksop, Surface Gallery Nottingham and x-church Gainsborough, UK

    2014 
    The Interlude, Exchange Rates, New York USA. (Frank Bobbins Institute) curated by Sluce.

    Cheap Thrills Film Festival, Sheffield and Loughborough, UK

    2013
    Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, UK

    Python Art Festival, Gallery at St George's House, Bolton, UK

    Modern Friction, Mirror Gallery, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK

    Cabinets of Curiosity and Room of Wonder, Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle Under Lyme, UK

    2012
    The Uncanny, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK

    Something Stolen, (curated by Will Alsop) Testbed1, London UK

    Wirksworth Festival: Curated Programme, Wirksworth UK

    At Play, (curated by Outi Remes and Cally Trench) New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK

    The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral , Gloucester, UK

    2011
    Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham UK. 

    Kirkland's New Empire Bioscope, Wolverhampton, UK

    Rarities, Costal Currents Festival, Hastings UK 

    2010
    Away Pitch, Staffordshire Cultural Olympiad Project.UK 

    I am The Warrior (curated by Juneau Projects) Derby, UK. 

    Worcester Open 2010, Pitt Studios, Worcester, UK.

    Meleager's Garland, (curated by Anneka French) Sir Joseph Banks' Conservatory, Lincoln, UK.

    2009 
    Weekend Suppliment; Ania Bas project, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK. 

    Ornament is Crime, MIMA,Middlesborough, UK. 

    Crossings, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK.

    2008
    Wirksworth Festival Windows, Wirksworth, UK.

    Ensemble, Hand and Heart Gallery, Nottingham, UK. 

    Open West Midlands, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK. 

    Future/Past, Erewash Museum,Ilkeston, UK. 

    Knit Knot Teapot,The Old Sweet Shop Gallery, London, UK.

    Visual :Arts & Business, Birmingham, UK. 

    1st Waterside Open, Sale, UK.

    2007
    19th Open Exhibition, City Gallery, Leicester, UK. 

    Staffordshire Open Studios, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, UK.

    Month of Sundays, Resonance FM, Corsica Studios, London, UK. 

    Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, UK.

    Birmingham Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK.

    VISITING TUTOR EXPERIENCE

    2016
    Visiting Tutor Fine Art Foundation Course, John Leggott College, Scunthorpe
    2010 
    Foundation Course (3D) Manchester Metropolitan University

    2009 
    Foundation Course (Fine Art) Solihull College
    Foundation Course Bedford College

    EDUCATION
    2006 
    BA (Hons) 1st Class Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

    2018
    PGCE Sheffield Hallam University, UK

    2009 
    PTTLS University of Wolverhampton 

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    2016 A Transmission from Deep Space Moolog Essay by Joanne Lee

    2012 Lurking with Intent: A short essay on the sculptural practice of Kirsty E. Smith by Anneka French Conjunction Magazine: Waiting 

    2010 Inventions of the Mind: Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield, UK. Exhibition essay by Anneka French

    2009 Close encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind a-n exhibition review by Becky Evers

    2008 The Secret Life of Sculpture. Essay by Matt Price.

    VIDEO

    Deep Space Moolog (7mins) 2016
    https://vimeo.com/182225335

    About deep Space Moolog: interview with Kirsty E Smith (6mins) 2016
    https://vimeo.com/200430822

    My Life in a Box (2 mins) 2014
    http://bit.ly/29qQWhL

    Casey and Kirsty (5mins) 2014
    https://vimeo.com/98288266

    Trolley Happenings (3mins) 2010
    http://bit.ly/18UvM1X