Gregory Smith
MFA Candidate



Artist Statement 

Process, pattern and change are the essential elements of my work.  I strive to create complex visual representations of the contemporary Appalachian landscape.  The process involves layering imagery, color and texture to build complex surfaces in my painting, evocative of the passage time and fragility of memory.  I render disparate forms onto a single surface. Juxtapositions of apparently unrelated visual forms can be an effective means of providing the viewer a sensation of dissonance, or paradox.    Removing material by scraping, sanding or gouging, and the addition of material back onto the distressed surface of works, creates a more complex and emotive visual language to render images of Appalachia. Moving beyond my usual naturalistic rendering of the surrounding landscape, is a means of representing the Southern Appalachian region with more depth and honesty.