In the Now

Rhiannon Smith

28 May – 20 June 2015


Rhiannon Smith


Object and Roof, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

80 x 88 cm

My practice is largely experimental and focuses on the materiality, process and techniques of painting. The intention is to create imagined and constructed spaces that exist on their own and are removed from any person or persons. As the paintings progress they become more removed from the original subject and a language of motifs and painted techniques develops.

I have explored ways to incorporate failure into the works, using it to disrupt, aid and challenge the formalities of the making process. This includes using chance within, or in relation to, composition and colour choice; using 'ugly' and 'difficult' colours and experimenting with ways of starting a painting that throw me off my natural course. Masked screens are used to confuse, block, fragment and divide space. These processes cloud and disguise how the painting was made, questioning both the composition and methods of creation.

Rhiannon is based in Auckland and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in 2014.

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