Conifer Smith works suggest “contemporary ancient” themes
Jokingly describing her sculptures as contemporary ancient, assistant professor of art, Conifer Smith, will have her work displayed in the Iowa Hall gallery through Feb. 20.
Smith’s sculptures are stoneware with porcelain slip that go through the natural process of being wood fired. Smith said the process takes a week and she builds her pieces six inches at a time.
When asked about her inspiration for her work, Smith stated, “When I was young, I did a lot of dancing and I made figurative sculpture forms. These are referencing the figures and the figure movements as in dance. Also, about time and time’s effects on people.”
Smith added her pieces are always open to interpretation. “I’m always listening to what people think about them,” she said.
Smith said she is pleased to have her work on display at Kirkwood. “I think it’s good. I’m pretty happy with how the show looks. I’m my worst critic and I don’t hate it,” she said.
Kirkwood is holding a reception for Smith’s work Friday, Feb. 13 from 6-7 p.m. in the Iowa Hall gallery. The Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will be performing at the event.[Article by Sean Flack, Kirkwood Communique’ student newspaper. Used by permission.]