Birds are sensitive indicators to the effects of environmental change which makes them useful for identifying ecosystem health. I have been painting bird nests sitting on ceramic plates to talk about the way we are consuming our planet. Working from historical ceramic designs I alter the original compositionto incorporate the narratives and highlight the extinction of certain bird species.
Our disposable consumer culture is contributing to our enviromental worries and whilst researching ceramics I came across the Japanese art of Kintsugi that celebrates repair over replace. Mending broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold or silver to highlight the breakage treats the breakage and repair as part of the object's history and dignity, and is viewed as beautiful in look and theory. Breaking a plate and glueing it back together gives me an accidental ready made drawing of broken lines to work around and within. I can then represent this object through the luscious application of paint, color and pattern in the readymade shapes, blurring the lines between realism and abstraction, Fine Art and Applied Art.
- Clive Smith
CLIVE SMITH was born in St. Albans, England in 1967.
He received a BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) Diploma in General Design, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, Bachelor of Arts, Kingston Polytechnic, Kingston Upon Thames, England and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League, New York.
In 1999 he won his First Prize, BP Portrait Award at London's National Portrait Gallery.
SMITH has had numerous museum exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK and his work is in many public and private collections including; Cleveland Museum of Art, US; Frissari's Museum, Athens, Greece; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, KC, US and the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
CLIVE SMITH lives and works in New York.
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