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Vicky Smith

Vicky Smith is an award winning visual artist who is a member of Engage Art Studios in Galway. Her practise is rich and a complex language in a variety of mediums-small drawings, paintings, film to installations predominately installation based often composed of paintings, photographs, sculpture, text, found objects and film that explore feminist concepts. The bell jar is motif for the complex installations of enclosures. Performance films and appropriated films are an enjoyment of this enclosure, the isolation bell jar of a female experience. Her artistic concern is female identity within the domestic setting, the social setting and the workplace defined by traditional roles of house wife, work, woman. The work is rooted in being a woman a female artist, what this means, the made boundaries.

'HouseWork, Woman, Wife’ -the work presented here- is a series of photostills reflecting a suburban housewife’s realisation that maybe all of her life will end up with invisible, repetitive, uncreative housework.

The film on which these photostills are based is non-narrative study of domestic labour, work that seems not to be taken seriously by society at all. The whole notion of women being housewives has changed. Do you talk about yourself as a housewife ? Most of the change that has happened since the 70’s is a superficial inequality of responsibility. 70% of British and Irish women said they are mostly responsible for housework. Men did housework, he helped her with the housework not the other way round. The 1970s is still happening now.

This body of work explores the space between the individual domestic labour and society’s economic workplace through the lens of a personal story of a newly married women who finds herself temporarily out of work. She marks time through the act of housework.

EDUCATION

MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin 2011 with honors
Diploma in the History of European Painting, Trinity College, Dublin, 2007 MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths College, London, 2004 with honors
H.Dip for Art and Design Teachers, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork,1999 with distinction
BA Fine Art, Printmaking, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, 1998 with distinction

ACADEMIC AWARDS
H.Dip Student of the Year Award,1999
BA Fine Art Student of the year, Crawford College of Art and Design,1999
Barry Malone Award, Diploma in painting, Crawford College of Art and Design,1998

AWARDS
2016 Galway County Council Artist in School Scheme
2014 Galway City Council Individual Arts Award
2012 Winner of the adjudicator prize for work in the annual Brigit's Garden's exhibition
2011 Galway City Council Individual Arts Award

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 A Final Soar Into Orbit, The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo
2014 House of Blindness, PS2 and Paragon Studios, Belfast
2013 Megga Bubble Space Burbs, Galway Arts Centre

RESIDENCIES
2012 Selected and awarded the Visual Arts Residency at Galway Arts Centre

INVITED AND SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Impressions Book Art, Galway International Art Festival
2014 Little Kingdoms, Catalyst Members Show, Belfast
2014 Engage Art Studios Members Show at 126 artist-run space, Galway
2013 RUA RED Winter Open Submission Exhibition selected by Paul McAree
(Director & Curator FLOOD), Grace McEvoy (Visual Arts Coordinator, BLOCK T) and Claire McAree
(independent curator),Gallery 2 23rd November-24 December
2013 PACE, Engage Arts Studios Member show curated by Shelley McDonnell,
Clifden Arts Festival, August
2013 Too Many Dinner Parties, curated by PS2 Belfast, The Shed, Galway, July
2013 Drawing on the Back of an Envelope invited curator Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo, May
2012 Annual Members Show, 126 artist-run Gallery, Galway, February
2012 Under-the-Counter Poster Manifestation, curated exhibition featuring Ruby Wallis,
Ben Geoghegan,Eimear-Jean McCormack, Tim Acheson, Roisin Coyle,
Gerald Glynn, Galway, July
2012 Chemist Service, Annual Brigit’s Gardens Exhibition, Galway, July
50-50 @ Bar 8,126 Artist Run Gallery, July
2012 #008000 Engage Arts Studios member show at the Shed, Docks, Galway curated by
Grace McEvoy, September 2012
Latency Engage Arts Studios member show,Linenhall Arts Centre, curated by Michaele Cutalya, November
Drawing Exhibition at Bar 8 Galway City, November
2011 Perambulatory Rhetoric’s two person show with Lisa Sweeney at The Niland
Gallery, Merchants Road, Galway
2011 Spectrum of Activity Group Exhibition curated by Padraic E Moore and The
Black Mariah,Triskel Arts Centre, Cork,
2011 Fragmentary sites ‘Influx artist led Fair’ Occupy Space, Limerick

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