STATEMENT Sullivan Smith’s work focuses on the global debate concerning the planet and the role each of our lives, choices, conveniences and privileges play. Each work investigates the tenuous balance between humans and nature through the perceived abundance of natural resources declining at the hand of human kind or the impact of daily conveniences on nature. In the work, Sullivan Smith examines the push and pull between the capacity of humans to control or shift the environment with the potential for unintended consequences. Or to simultaneously reveals and conceals the impact of mass hunting or environmental change on species. The works find their impetus from appropriated cultural sources, be they historical photographs, or news of recourse decline. A quote from noted naturalist, John Muir, is ever-present in the work “When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world”.
BIO Emily Sullivan Smith is an Assistant Professor and the Foundations Coordinator at the University of Dayton’s Department of Art and Design. Having received an MFA from Kent State in printmaking, her studio practice is interdisciplinary and is constructed from a hybrid of printmaking and sculpture. Her work focuses on various permeations of the effects that human behavior has had on the natural world. A quote from John Muir, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” has been at the center of the research. Recent exhibitions include; a solo exhibition, Plight of Abundance, at Alexander Brest Gallery, University of Jacksonville, FL, a collaborative two-person exhibition, Your Place or Mine, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio Armstrong National 2D Exhibition, in Savannah, Georgia, The 30th AnnualTallahassee International, in Tallahassee Florida, Potsdam Prints in Potsdam, New York, where the work received a juror’s award.