Featured Artist Kari Smith – Red Lodge Clay Center

Featured Artist Kari SmithFeb 05, 2016 - Feb 26, 2016

Curatorial Statement

Artist’s Reception: Friday, February 5, 2015 from 5-7pm MT

Exhibition Posted Online: Monday, February 8 by 10am Mountain Time

For more information: 406-446-3993

“When my feet walk the arid land, my eyes absorb the colors of a passing day, I smell the sage, and my heart opens to stillness. My spirit contemplates and remembers my hands connect and record the beauty of nature and life. Expression, vitality, and presence are at the heart of how I approach clay.

My creative process is rooted in the curiosities of my spirit. Through identifying with the earths materials and existing within the landscape, Ive learned to be mindful and appreciative for the opportunity to explore the ever-changing planet. Environment and atmosphere set the tone. I tune in and arrive to the vibrant resonance of my studio practice where form, color, line and shape come into being.

The internal, emotive and intangibles are the life force of the dreamscapes. Through pinching and drawing, I reflect upon the transitory emotions in time and space, utilizing clays innate characteristics to layer a pictorial skin. The Universe, while voyaging beyond, supports the dream and brings forth harmonious manifestations that nourish a tranquil vibrant effect. This is the journey of a benevolent soul within Natures landscape.”

-Kari Smith

Kari Smith received her BFA from Utah State University and her MFA from Indiana University