Sophy Smith

Intensity, movement, time, space, immediacy…. these are words that perhaps suggest the cinematic image more readily than those produced by the painter’s brushstroke.  Yet the work of Sophy Smith is engaged with all of these concepts as it traverses the sensations and affectivity of everyday contemporary life.  There are disconcerting cityscapes that seem to lay bare the inner body of the architecture and spaces of the urban. There are vivid seascapes that indicate a wild and unfettered power still exists within the often tamed landscapes of contemporary Britain. These paintings like the best films are not about capturing ‘a reality’ but suggest that art is capable of augmenting and producing its own reality.  They resonate with the later works of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault, where the modern self may well be constructed through language power or discourse,  but where there is also a stubborn residue of the soul and the spiritual – and not in a limited religious sense.  Sophy Smith’s art is a place where the spiritual is formed through contact, touch, and an ‘intensity with no name.’