Yasmin Smith’s practice combines scientific and artistic investigation to allow ecological forms of intelligence to be expressed through aesthetic outcomes in sculptural ceramic installation. The artist researches the history of a site where she collects samples of plant materials. Cast ceramic replicas of branches are made before burning the original wood to create ash glazes for the sculptures. The colours and textures that emerge in her wood ash glazes reveal what the tree absorbed in its lifetime and through this the ecological and human history of the site—the elements present in the water, soil, and air are absorbed over time and are retained by the plant as a form of memory or archive. Smith sometimes sources clay, labour and other naturally-occurring materials required for certain kiln firing techniques such as salt also on site. Each of Smith’s installations combines archaeological revelation with exceptional sculptural qualities.
Yasmin Smith (b. 1984, Sydney) has exhibited in the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2021 TarraWarra Biennial as well as at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Mao Jihong Arts Foundation (Chengdu), Museo Madre (Naples), Parco Are Vivente (Turin), Monash University Art Museum (Melbourne), Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (Brisbane) and the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney).

Her work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), Artbank, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane) and Shepparton Art Museum (Shepparton).

Smith completed her Master of Visual Arts (Ceramics) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2010.

In 2023, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, is presenting a solo exhibition by Smith, accompanied by a major monographic publication.


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