“Make your paintings bigger… it forces you to come to terms with their
Within my work, I use abstraction, figuration and elements of pop art to speak to the
corruption of technology, science, people and our natural resources. To accomplish this, I
use a wide variety of materials and mediums including discarded analog technology and
commercial packaging, while also incorporating pop art imagery, organic chemistry,
mathematics, mechanics and photography into works that interest me. I also work with
8mm film and other analog film mediums to blend the practice of filmmaking and painting.
My recent work explores the relationship between abstraction, pop art, traditional
portraiture and consumerism. Ultimately my intention is to blend painting with elements of
social awareness, technology, chemistry and mechanics to create an unexpected and
Smith received her B.A. from Indiana University (Bloomington), 1985 and studied at the
AdBK (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) from 1986-1989 in Berlin and Nürnberg,
Germany. She moved to Germany in 1986 to study painting and language. She found
employment and continued her studies in Berlin and Nürnberg until 1992.
Recent collaborations include large-scale projects with The Charles Krug Winery of Napa
Valley and Carnival Cruise Lines International Design Team. Smith also holds a fellowship
from the Eli Lilly Foundation and the Indianapolis Arts Council.