Kate Smith

1 At a time like this 2008 install view

Kate Smith, based out of Melbourne Australia, was raised on a farm and makes work where everything feels precariously balanced, built on her experience with struggling on her parents’ farm.  Art tries to grow like plants, which makes the work feel alive – or – depending on your perspective, emphasizes its deadness.  There’s a dystopian element to Smith’s project, but there’s also a smeared, warm-hearted vulnerability.  Kate’s got a way with words too – her compact, slippery, and foreign use of the English language reminds me of the ultra-violent punks, the “droogs,” in Clockwork Orange – read her artist statement after the jump.

Kate Smith, The Zeitgist, the Futurist and Polo-Ralph Lauren

Kate Smith, The Zeitgist, the Futurist and Polo-Ralph Lauren

Part of Kate’s artist statement: “…Its an adjusting solution. How can you really be honest. Well you can but is that relevant next time you cum to make something, next time you summarise whats’ around, or its like notes to a university lecture, relevant only in context, how can you really be ethical, well you can sometimes, what’s even the problem, human solutions are ad-hoc, fadish and trickled down, and that might be ok enough, revolutions don’t start until they cut of the bread n’ cigarettes…” read more…

Kate Smith, Whoops Kibbutz

Kate Smith, Whoops Kibbutz

Kate Smith, 23 fucked paintings from the farm

Kate Smith, 23 fucked paintings from the farm

Kate Smith, Installation

Kate Smith, Installation

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