Kevina-Jo Smith creates installations and mixed media artworks that investigate the dynamics of landscape, and the links between the environment and the current cultural climate. The act of recovering discarded materials and reusing items destined for landfill has become significant to Smith’s practice.
She explores the concept of landscape in a nostalgic rather than literal way, as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system. Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction.
Smith’s work is notable for its finish and tactile nature, which is of great importance to both the artist and the work itself. One of her goals is to depict colour and form in an aesthetically pleasing way – a challenge when working with found materials. By focusing on techniques and materials and experimenting with process, Smith formalises the coincidental, and emphasises the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random nature of up-cycled and found materials. Her work deliberately does not reference recognisable form, resulting in work that is deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted, and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Smith attended the Victorian College of the Arts, she has exhibited seven solo shows and has a further five scheduled, as well as being invited to exhibit in over thirty group shows. She currently resides in the Blue Mountains, a place which both sustains and inspires her.