Things come full circle at the Nelson Library in September and October with an exhibition of works by accomplished artist and printmaker Natasha Smith. Circles, Signs, and Symmetry is a body of work that combines collage elements, including natural and collected materials.
“Many of these works were inspired by time spent by the Slocan River,” says Smith, who explains her process as intuitive, “allowing process, landscape and a love of the primitive mark to inform my work.”
Smith begins with a circular form on which she builds multi-layered complex surfaces with collage and acrylic paint and mediums. The series also includes some encaustic works, using a wax process to allow layering, encasing, carving and manipulation. The result combines depth and detail, strength and subtlety, with a wide textural range.
“By juxtaposing elements and surfaces with contrasting natures: opaque and transparent, strong and subtle marks, textured and smooth surfaces, themes of fragility, strength, containment and growth are suggested,” she says.
Smith holds a BA Hons. in Fine Art Printmaking and has been a practicing visual artist for over 18 years. She has taught at the Kootenay School of Art and Oxygen Art Centre, where she was a founding member. Smith exhibits her work regularly and works from her studio in Passmore, in the Slocan Valley.
Smith’s work is on display at the Library through September and October.