Artist: Kirkland Smith | Location: Columbia, SC
Classic to Plastic: An Evolution
December 4 - March 13, 2021
This show will open on Friday, December 4th from 5-8PM. Enjoy the first look at the exhibition and chatting with the artist over drinks and appetizers. After opening night, TRAX Visual Art Center will be open each week Tuesday-Saturday from 11AM-5PM with free admission. Hear from the feature artist below:
I have always been drawn to art in general, and to the portrait and figure, in particular. I fell in love with painting and in an attempt to solve a problem for a competition, created my first assemblage portrait. The message behind the contemporary work has evolved but the spirit remains the same; that what we throw away says a lot about who we are, but what we choose to cherish and protect says more in the end.
For a decade, Kirkland Smith has been creating contemporary assemblages using everyday disposable materials as an evocative way to drive home the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Through her work she challenges viewers to consider their consumer habits and believes “what we throw away says a lot about who we are, but what we choose to cherish and protect says even more.” Native to SC, Kirkland grew up Mt. Pleasant, received her B.A. in Studio Art at USC, and studied classical painting and drawing at Studio Escalier in France. Kirkland and her husband, James, have 4 children.Artist Website