Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Exhibiting: February, 2018

Artist Information:

Rachel Suzanne Smith is an artist and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her BS in Art Education with minors in 3D media studies (metals) and Spanish from Miami University and her MFA in Crafts (Jewelry Metals Enameling) from Kent State University. She currently teaches part time at Kent State University, makes and exhibits art, and coordinates the Museum To Go program for the Canton Museum of Art. Rachel Suzanne Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was a finalist in the 2017 Friedrich Becker Prize and exhibited the work in the Finalist Exhibitions in the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau. She was a 2016 Niche Award winner in the category of Sculpture to Wear. Also active in the Ohio art scene, Rachel has received the award for Excellence in Metals at the Ohio Craft Museum during their annual “Best of” exhibition.

Exhibit Information:

Artist Statement:  My work is composed of collage imagery of the everyday plants I encounter, arranged to become sculpture to wear. Many of the flowers that I depict are considered weeds. In reality, they are regional wildflowers. Their presence tells a story of field to forest re-generation. Solidifying them in metal, forming them, and making them aesthetically beautiful, people accept them as wildflowers, not weeds. Each piece functions as a small sculpture or adornment/art jewelry to wear. When worn, one is surrounded by nature. As a collective, we yearn to connect with the outdoors and all things living, but do not have many chances to do so. Or we do so in controlled environments in small, planned doses. Truthfully, under scrutiny most would find their stated ties to nature to be romanticized. I argue that the idealism we hold is still important for our identities and happiness, and I create sculptural art jewelry that helps facilitate that connection, albeit artificially.