Jenny Smith is a self-taught Canadian artist, writer and sculptor. She was born in Victoria, BC, and grew up in Calgary before returning to the West Coast.
Though she has created a body of work with traditional mediums, she is more well known for her methods hearkening to cave painting times, a process involving a hunter-gatherer rubric, as she sources materials from places such as construction sites and nature. Considering this process and the symbolism derived from her materials, her work prods existentialism by exploring what we inhabit or perceive to inhabit, and how it shapes our interaction with the world.
It is the abstraction of inhabiting our perceptions which has led her to take the notion of art not being complete without a viewer further, to include the "viewer" as a contributing artist, while also allowing nature to participate in the work, such as observing the ephemeral self and surrender of human control in rain washing away an entire painting.
Harmony Arts Festival - "Loving Our Planet" Youth Workshop, West Vancouver
“In Your Hands” 7ft sculpture designed to engage community in climate awareness, West Vancouver Waterfront
"What Are You Made Of?" commission for the Squarerigger Pub, West Vancouver
Group Show, Civilian Impressions, Remnants of Conflict Art Exhibit Opening
Coquitlam Heritage Museum
2016 - 2018
Noteworthy commissions including of Canadian celebrities, portrait of Canadian Artist Craig Yeats, portrait of anonymous international dignitary
Solo show, Catmando, Ambleside Bistro
Ambleside, West Vancouver
2015 - 2016
Represented by Craig Yeats Gallery
Dundarave, West Vancouver
Short story and artwork published in H.H., American Literary Magazine
Painting featured on the cover of Room Journal, Canadian Literary Magazine
Review of Governor General’s Award-winning novella Exit, published by numerous Canadian publications including Anvil Press and Room Journal
Winner of Provincial-wide essay contest of the Royal British Columbia Museum regarding Leonardo Da Vinci’s Art
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