collective traces - selected works 2004 - 2009
COLLECTIVE TRACES Selected Works 2004 -2009
Excerpt from the Catalogue essay by Dr. Cath Bowdler (Director Wagga Wagga Art Gallery 2007 -2010)
Collective Traces represents a survey of the last five years of Melissa Smith’s printmaking practice. This coherent body of work presents certain recurrent motifs, concerns and distinctive mark making processes. Multiple printmaking techniques are employed to create a layering of image and meaning creating a rich, smouldering surface on which fine striations and deeper incisions build up a complex accretion of marks. Many prints feature organic, elliptical forms floating on or anchored to the red glow of the ground. The artist also often perforates the paper, piercing the surface, rendering it permeable. These perforations reference possible journeys, arcs moving across fields of memory or the more tangible imprints of experience.