Kate Langrish Smith’s practice transcends disciplines, drawing upon contemporary fashion, ceramics and
sculpture. Slipping between the notions of art and design, Kate has adopted traditional craft techniques, and expanded upon them by incorporating synthetic compounds, assemblage, balance and performance to create a new lexicon with her work. This has engendered a unique semiotics of object; allowing a reappraisal of the body in the context of familiar, ubiquitous and overlooked commodities. Her practice seeks a rapprochement between our dislocation from
the makers, materials and provenance of objects that were shaped for a relationship with the human form. Kate draws inspiration from the history of health, beauty, and art from which surprising and compelling ‘stuff’, ‘things’ and traditions are illustrated. These forms – vessels, tools and artefacts – are the starting point for collections and clusters of objects which reconnect and elevate disparate places in time through a common language of ritual, desire and fascination.
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