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.

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