Clay Smith


I am becoming very aware as an artist, that to explore the complicated by very simple means, has finally took hold of my practice. I explore, re examine, sample and record certain environments that will effect the material I choose to use. In the case of canvas, I drag, pull and push this through what these environments have to offer. I recently visited Jordan to capture what marks I could using its land and sea.

Soaking the canvases in the Dead Sea and using spices that I collected locally to make the marks I needed. These canvases are then folded, dried and taken back to the studio for inspection and further development. I am continuing to make large canvases in various places/spaces around the world, in the hope to embed some of its energy and spirit, then brought forward into the contemporary world of art making.