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Rhonda Smith
updated: 10/12/2012
website: rrhondasmithartist.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Just After Codification
Gadda's Mess
Land Rising
 Mt.?
William Smith
The Web You Were Born With
Webwave
Once Always
Geo-Electro-Hydro
Again and Again
Fractal Pile-up
Thrown Back
Turbulence
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, mapping, meditative, nature, obsessive, organic, pattern, repetition, science, spiritual
 
 
Just After Codification by Rhonda Smith
Just After Codification
oil and acrylic on panel
2010
48" x  48" 
Gadda's Mess by Rhonda Smith
Gadda's Mess
oil, pencil & plaster on panel
2012
9"" x  6.75"" 
Land Rising by Rhonda Smith
Land Rising
mixed media on paper
2012
11" x  7.5" 
 Mt.? by Rhonda Smith
Mt.?
mixed media on paper
2012
11"" x  7.5"" 
William Smith by Rhonda Smith
William Smith
mixed media on paper
2012
11"" x  7.4"" 
The Web You Were Born With by Rhonda Smith
The Web You Were Born With
pencil on paper
2010
30" x  40" 
Webwave by Rhonda Smith
Webwave
pencil on paper
2010
20.5" x  30.5" 
Once Always by Rhonda Smith
Once Always
pencil on paper
2010
21.5" x  29.5" 
Geo-Electro-Hydro by Rhonda Smith
Geo-Electro-Hydro
pencil on paper
2010
19.63" x  27.5" 
Again and Again by Rhonda Smith
Again and Again
pencil on paper
2009
14.4" x  5" 
Fractal Pile-up by Rhonda Smith
Fractal Pile-up
pencil on paper
2009
14.4" x  5.5" 
Thrown Back by Rhonda Smith
Thrown Back
pencil on paper
2009
14" x  18" 
Turbulence by Rhonda Smith
Turbulence
pencil, pastel, oil stick on paper
2010
28" x  48" 

Artist Statement

ARTIST’S  STATEMENT

RHONDA  SMITH

 The straight line from point A to B is singularly efficient. The actual traverse is fraught with possibilities given tides, wind, dust, telephone calls, mud, traffic, and holes. Imagine you or me crossing the street or the spider connecting her thin threads. Inevitable disruption elicits the creative response.

 For me the tallying of these movements within an image is a cartographic activity; I am tracing the currents which cause the erosion and accretion of experiences and materials. As a work progresses these experiences overlay one another, expressing strata of time. For every step I take there are in the space of that moment within the hidden and parallel natural world millions of phenomena moving along at vastly different paces and nevertheless in concert. Any "traverse" is packed with life.

I recently read The Life and Death of a Salt Marsh by John and Mildred Teal; it lent me a sense of a glacial time scale and that long chain of events to arrive at a specific and complex phenomenon; here is a completely different sense of "traverse" than say the speed of atomic transactions to maintain the form of water. These ideas are becoming a part of me, especially as I live a portion of the year on a sand and granite peninsula  and the other part of the year I am immersed in an urban environment. The temporality of experince seeps into my consciousness and transpose as marks and masses on the paper or panel. This feeling of teeming energetic life, whether hidden or apparent, is at the heart of my images: disruption, vagaries, ghostly traces, peninsulas, tides, spidery threads, colliding continents, gridlock, currents, ripples.  As I am making an image I deliberately interrupt it with foreign elements; this is key to my process if something new is to appear and reflects my view of life as constant movement sitting on the cusp of chaos.

  

 


Artist Bio / CV

BIO

RHONDA SMITH

 Rhonda Smith’s images reveal their contradictions over time: first one sees a teeming energized scape but as the eyes settle into the flow of lines they discover a delicate, meditative quality.  The experience is somewhat like contemplating a scholar’s rock. The images reflect what she feels is the inherent contradiction of a lived life. She has spent many years in the visual field. From her fine arts major at St. Lawrence in Canton, NY she went on to two years at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. In the late 1980’s she began her travels to Italy which included apprenticing at the Cooperativa Mosaicisti in Ravenna.

 Her art history grounding has come from these travels to Italy and elsewhere. From this experience she carries a deep respect for color innovation, the attentively drawn line, and the daringness of new composition.    In the mid1990’s she started her subterranean series, an exploration of the limited palette and rough textures of the subway tunnels. From this series she moved to minimalist color work, executing large triptychs on wood panels with just the slightest variations of color within each panel.  Much of this work related to medieval and Renaissance color palettes.

 Her current work, based largely on water, was spawned from many influences: a wish for more movement in her images; a re-awakened love of science; a deep affinity for the “drawn”; an attraction to the grisaille technique in medieval manuscripts; the specter of boiling mud at the Campi Flegrei near Naples, Italy; the spell of the hidden; and an abiding love of water.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions /Painting & Drawing

Krause Gallery, Providence, RI 2011

Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, Community of Artists  2010

Washington Art Association Washington Depot, Ct  2010

   First Annual Juried Show ; juror: Richard Klein 2010

 Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark  University, Worcester, MA       Alchemy: Art + Science                                          

Mt. Ida College, Newton, MA

     Color and Design: Transcending the Boundaries 2001                                               

Somerville Art Museum, Somerville, MA             

    Survey of Local Contemporary Works 1999

 Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

     The Ninth Triennial; juror:Carl Belz 1999