Mandy Smith - BA (Hons) Fine Art 2018 Graduate from Solent University, Southampton

Statement

Mandy Smith is a Southampton based artist, her work focusing largely on familial interactions, from the small every day, seemingly insignificant events that happen whilst bringing up children to the sometimes overwhelming feelings of loss – covering birth, illness and death.

After being given the all clear from a rare form of cancer - Synovial Sarcoma, followed a few years later by the death of her mother from breast cancer, prompted Mandy Smith to embark on a lifelong ambition to change her career from I.T. to contemporary art. 

 

Her work emerges from moments and feelings of experiences with the maternal: examining details of the past between herself and her children and also the relationship with her mother. Combining elements of different memories, Smith distorts her past, making a patchwork to convey a feeling.

 

Mixing a desire to learn new processes, Smith mirrors the content of her work, repeating known processes whilst simultaneously introducing novel new approaches in order to enrich her practice. Materials and technical aspects of work by woman artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Annette Messager and Sarah Lucas have been an inspiration.

Smith’s choice of materials is modest, often using clothing and stuffed toys, sourced from the domestic setting, reworked by the artist to unsettling effect. Through intervention in scale or material quality, Smith navigates a space between bodily and monstrosity.

Education 

2015 - 2018

Solent University BA (Hons) Fine Art

Exhibitions 

Solo

2020

Fruiting, Site-specific window installation, Hidden Wardrobe, Aspace, Southampton

2019

Local artist, Make Your Mark, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton

2019

2018

Tanoptic, K6 Gallery, Southampton

Genes, The Art House Cafe, Southampton

Group

2020

2019

Mango Chutney, Group Virtual Exhibition, Alfred Arcades, Southampton

Banana Split, Graduate Group Exhibition, Alfred Arcades, Southampton

2019

Made in Southampton, Group Exhibition, ReSo, Southampton

2018

Banana Bread, Graduate Group Exhibition, Alfred Arcades, Southampton

2018

Ripe Bananas 2, Graduate Group Exhibition, Alfred Arcades, Southampton

2018

Emerging Artist Group Exhibition, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire  

2018

26° Below Bar, Group Degree Show, Below Bar Studios, Southampton

2018

Look a Little Closer, Group Exhibition, Winchester Gallery, Park Avenue, Winchester

2018

Chaiya Art Awards, Group Exhibition, Oxo Gallery, South Bank, London

2017

Emerging Artist Group Exhibition, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire

2017

Group 2nd Year Degree Uncontained Exhibition, Guildhall Square, Southampton        

2017

City & Life, Group Fine Art Exhibition, Chongqing Restate College, China                

2016

Southampton Pride of Place Project, Southampton                                                     

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