artist her entire life, Lisa Smith's craving for creative outlet never
diminishes. Complacent is not in her vocabulary. She is always stretching
the boundaries of her repertoire and vision. Since early childhood,
Smith has been creatively independent and a little defiant. She likes
to make up the rules as she goes along; to discover the adventure in
the process. Smith studied fine art and Illustration and has a strong
sense for the conceptual. Her artistic influences include the 19th century
Symbolists, Surrealists, Pre-Raphaelites, and Expressionists. She finds
inspiration in archaeology, exploring, making up mysteries, finding
treasure objects and creative motion picture lighting. In inanimate
objects she sees life and story; symbolism, mystery and metaphor. Returning
to her childlike fascination of "making stuff", some of her
work is evolving into assemblage and multi-media, incorporating photography
as one of the elements. This new work allows Smith the messy tactile
hand-built expression she has always been drawn to and she says, "It's
rewarding to struggle with a piece, both physically and mentally...
to work out what the piece wants to say." Her images reflect the
surreal in everyday reality.
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Torero & Steven Churchill
- Lisa Smith