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Joan Skelton Smith

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Papel Picado I by Joan Skelton Smith

Joan Skelton Smith
Papel Picado (2009)
Installation of tissue paper banners
35 x 50.5 x 600 cm,
Bucks New University

I think of myself as a humanist, an artist whose practice is fully engaged in the real world. I see my studio practice as a way of trying to come to terms with that reality and as a vehicle to share my response with others. I grew up in the Cold War world of the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War and the Nixon impeachment. As a child I would climb up into the tree tops seeking a refuge and a sanctuary. Since the end of the Cold War, I have watched the world descend into political, economic and environmental chaos. I see the natural world which I always believed would persevere threatened by man's actions.

Many wonder what the role of an artist is in such circumstances.

I believe that we cannot depend on 'those who are supposed to take care of us'. I believe that we each have to take some personal responsibility by doing whatever we can. I want to create strong, powerful images which will have an emotional and physical effect on the viewer. I hope that my work can in some way make viewers more aware of their place as part of the natural world.

As for career aspirations, if I were to create one work of art that went on to inform future generations about life in our contemporary world, I feel that would be a considerable accomplishment. I believe that an individual's experiences have universal meaning. I feel that primary sources such as diaries, letters and works of art are one of the most valuable parts of the historical record; I hope to make a contribution to that record.

Joan Skelton Smith's website

Joan Skelton Smith's conversations and interactions

Self-Critical Badges
Open Work
Post-Uni Conversations
The Shredded Money Project
What does an artist wear?
Remarkable Nature
Remarkable Bookshelf
Discourse at Mary's
Joan and Lis Together
Obscure Corners
Papel Picado
Unintentional Traces
Time Out
Remarkable Place
Remarkable Bookshelf 2
Place 127 Cutout
Triple Spin
Earliest Memories Quilt
Getting to know you in a matchbox
Mapping Window Slip
Remarkable Shed Party

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