Shuttered.

Shuttered tells an industrial narrative through incessant audio and visual repetition that mirrors the monotonous labor of the factory floor. A shape reminiscent of shattered glass is systematically filled with over two thousand windows that have been sourced from the homes and businesses surrounding abandoned factories in the Rust Belt. Audio from an automotive factory’s …

Campaign.

Campaign reverses power structures by placing the viewer in front of the teleprompter as opposed to behind it. The scrolling text is pulled directly from both John McCain and Barack Obama’s National Convention acceptance speeches (2008) and Levi’s Go Forth advertising campaign from that same year. Copy from all three sources was written in direct …

Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited.

Each mud print in Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited is an exploration of what it means to leave home as a young female from rural America. By painting mud from my childhood home over found images I erase myself from what could have been. These photographs have become documentations of my unborn children, unwed lovers and uninhabited …

Unclean I.

No matter how hard I scrub my feet, this holy ground still deems me unclean. In this crisp mountain stream, the water of an unfamiliar terrain, I begin a futile attempt to wash away my sins. My once-white dress, stained with earth from my childhood home, serves as a reminder that I cannot cleanse myself …

Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017).

Recently I had the opportunity to show Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017) at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio. When the series began, I was looking for 'moments of hidden childhood traumas'. These moments were revealed in the in-between frames, moments that were previously hidden within the moving image. As the work evolved, so did my concept. The …

Till.

Till, 2018 mud, wax Through use of the archive (both personal and acquired), my work examines the socioeconomic makeup of the Rust Belt and how it affects society. Using vernacular objects and imagery, I construct narratives of place that elevate the ordinary by means of arrangement and transformation. My practice uses stand-ins for specific memories …

Pillar.

The house was ablaze, but I feared looking back. What if I too were a pillar of salt?       Pillar, 2018 4.24" x 5'10" found photographs, metal, wax, dirt The column of light boxes speak to my religious upbringing and continuous struggle with justifying my leaving home. The poem references the biblical story …

Dirt Road Street Cred.

The bartender looked at me and said, "Ah, so you're a girl who likes blue collar beer."  "Yes sir, I am."  Though I had never thought about it before, I was proud to wear that patch, like a name embroidered onto a mechanic's coveralls. There is an odd sense of pride being a beer drinking …

A Great Year For Life.

Almost titled: What it was like to be an artist for Kaitlyn Jo Smith in 2016.. Here it is, the comprehensive, everything I've done in 2016 blog post, more for my reference than yours. It seems like just last week I was writing 2015's post and as predicted 2016 was a year of intense growth and …

Vacationland III.

Growing up was/is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. This reality is expressed in Vacationland, a project rooted in the idea of running away to discover truth. A timeline of events, part one focuses on the early years, part two junior high and the beginnings of puberty, and part three the ascent into …