Through my work as an artist, curator, and educator, I examine micro and macro perceptions of consciousness, the natural world, and the human-scale politics that influence perception. More recent work explores how art can heal and inspire during challenging times. In these mixed-media paintings I use ink, colored pencil, string, and other materials to create layers of color, texture, and pattern; creating compositions that marry hard-edged geometries with fluid organic forms. While working, I focus my awareness and attempt to tap into a meditative state. It doesn’t always happen, but there are nanoseconds of Nirvana. In the end, my work is a result of merging the mundane and the sublime, resulting in an open-ended meditation. My past work as an artist and curator explores themes related to intersectional feminism. In 2020 I curated ‘BallotBox’ , an art exhibition that uses art as a catalyst for community engagement with new work by five artists who use an intersectional lens to examine voting rights, democracy, and citizenship. The history of women’s marches and voting rights were explored in a two-person exhibition, ‘Personal is Still Political’ (2018), and new parenthood, labor, and creativity are examined in an exhibition I co-curated and participated in, ‘With Child’ (2012).
Skylar Smith - Louisville, Kentucky 2023