Kate Smith: Form is temporary, class is permanent

Saturday 24 October 2020 – Sunday 17 January 2021

Image: Kate Smith, Form is temporary, class is permanent 3, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, 29 x 41 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Image courtesy Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Kate Smith's paintings lay bare the conventions and challenges of the medium. Wry, witty yet critically perceptive, her works are active sites of negotiation in which opposing elements defiantly co-exist.

Combining confident brushstrokes with hesitant gestures, Smith produces small-scale compositions that hover between figuration and abstraction. In playful subversion of the very tradition to which her work belongs, Smith overlays Western art historical references with personal narratives and often incorporates sculptural or relief elements. Her works deliberately eschew resolution in favour of a certain open ended-ness; for Smith the process of painting is one of constant re-evaluation. - Sutton Gallery


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