Yasmin Smith (b. 1984, Sydney, lives Sydney) creates research-based ceramics installations that explore the chemistry of glaze techniques to furnish material evidence of histories, ecologies, geology and culture of a given location. She makes her glazes from organic and inorganic material found on site with elements of the clay body sometimes also locally excavated as part of her process. Smith’s practice straddles art (ceramics) and more scientific investigations with archeological outcomes.

Group exhibitions include SUSTAINING ASSEMBLY. Pratiche artistiche per la transizione ecologica, curated by Piero Gilardi and Marco Scotini, Parco d'Arte Vivente (PAV), Turin (2021); Eucalyptusdom, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2021); Clay Dynasty, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2021); TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters, curated by Nina Miall, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne (2021); On Earth, curated by Sarah Werkmeister, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2021); MCA Collection: Perspectives on Place, curated by Anneke Jaspers, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2021); Cosmopolis #2 - Rethinking the Human, curated by Kathryn Weir with associate curator Ilaria Conti, Centre Pompidou, Paris, (2019); Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, curated by Kathryn Weir with Ilaria Conti and Zhang Hanlu, presented by Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, Chengdu, China (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney - SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka, Cockatoo Island, Sydney (2018); Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton (2017); Sculpture at Barangaroom, Barangaroo, Sydney (2016); Nocturnal Windows, curated by Ian Geraghty for the display windows of Gregory Boutique, Sydney (2014); Reality Considerations (for the sake of), curated by Eleanor Ivory Weber at 55 Sydenham Rd; Ceramica curated by Scott Donovan at the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney (both 2012); Everything’s Alright curated by Amanda Rowell at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Structural Integrity as part of the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne (both 2010).

Solo exhibitions include Drowned River Valley, The Commercial, Sydney (2018); Ntaria Fence, The Commercial, Sydney (2015); Apprentice Welder, as part of Installation Contemporary, curated by Aaron Seeto for the inaugural Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney (2013); Stone Skin, The Commercial, Sydney (2013); For the Promise of Water or Being Clean at Peloton, Sydney (2011); Boundary (with Kenzee Patterson) at MOP, Sydney (2011); For No Real Reason at Firstdraft, Sydney (2010) and If I Could Come Near Your Beauty With My Nails at Newspace Gallery, Sydney (2006).

Smith completed her Master of Visual Arts (Ceramics) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2010. She was a director of the influential Sydney artist-run initiative, Locksmith Project from 2008 until 2010 (co-directors Rachel Fuller, Kenzie Larsen, Kenzee Patterson and Samuel Villabolos).

In 2020 Smith was awarded the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists' Travel Scholarship Prize.

Her work is in the collection of Artbank, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Shepparton Art Museum.


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