It has been observed that Kirsty E Smith’s work has sophistication and humour in equal measures. Taking a theatrical approach to the process of planning, setting up and photographing these activities become a performance in themselves. The adrenalin and nervous energy that she feels while working around; farmers, animals, dog walkers and children waiting for a donkey ride contribute to the ‘performance' - often with comedic moments.
'Hooty with Steelworks' and 'Hurgle Lenz - donkey days' were selected by Richard Wentworth and shown in 'Wells Art Contemporary' 2013
"There is a strong sense of procession, pageantry and folklore in her work." Richard Wentworth 2013
Hooty with Steelworks 2013 C-print on aluminium H 61cm, W 92cm Location: Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
Hurgle Lenz- Donkey Days 2013 C-print on aluminium H 61cm, W 92cm Location: Cleethorpes, North Lincolnshire
Mi Wawa with Cows and Cathedral 2011 Digital Print Location: Lichfield, Staffordshire
Wirksworth Festival Commission
Running for over 20 years, Wirksworth Festival has become one of the most vibrant showcases for contemporary art that you’ll find in rural England. Wirksworth and its surrounds have a unique character and situation, positioned at the meeting point between rural and urban, agricultural and industrial, ancient and contemporary.
For this commission Smith worked with her love of the scallop developing it from a mere decorative edge into a component from which to construct sensual sculptural forms.
During the three weeks of their residence in St Mary’s the three beings witnessed: worship, weddings, orchestral rehearsals and and the ancient ceremony of the Clipping the Church.
Commission for Curated Strand of Wirksworth Festival 2012
St Mary's Church, Wirksworth, UK
Blink UnBlink, S.Q.U.A.T. Liverpool, Biennial
S.Q.U.A.T. Liverpool was a Liverpool Biennial show curated by Gregory Scott-Gurner and Asher Remy-Toledo.
'Blink UnBlink' ran for 20 days during the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Kirsty E Smith's sculptures and Jan Švankmajeresque film 'Trolley Happenings' added their own surreal narrative to the semi derelict property on Slater Street.
S.Q.U.A.T (Social Questioning Using Art Today) was the umbrella title for the collaborative project between the New York-based group No Longer Empty (NLE), and the UK-based group The Art Organisation (TAO). S.Q.U.A.T examined the issues of regeneration of empty commercial spaces by artistic communities.
The International Gallery, Slater Street, Liverpool UK part of the S.Q.U.A.T. Liverpool curated strand of the Liverpool Biennial 2010
Trolley Happenings (3mins)
Shown as part of 'Blink UnBlink', Liverpool Biennial 2010
Close Encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind
Arts Council funded, touring solo show 'Deep Space Moolog' Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, London, UK 2nd Sept - 12th Oct 2009 later toured to Solihull Arts Centre, Solihull, UK 19th Oct -14th Nov 2009.
The Arts Council funding covered making new works for the exhibition, costs relating to the exhibitions and also a period of Artist Professional Development mentoring from RCA Tutor and artist Freddie
Photography by Olwen Holland
Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, London, UK Photo credit: Olwen Holland
Beings at Chiptop
Presenting her work in non gallery spaces has always been of interest to Kirsty E Smith.
In November 2007 she had the privilege of using Pauline and Kenneth Tuffery's unique home “Chiptop” as a perfect setting for a photographic project. Chiptop was designed and built by architect Kenneth Tuffery in 1963. Pauline trained as an interior designer and artist. Her own work is hung throughout the house.