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 EEmily 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 University in printmaking, her studio practice is interdisciplinary and is constructed from a hybrid of printmaking and sculpture. Current work focuses on various permeations of the effects that human behavior have on the natural world. Recent exhibitions include; The Land and The Sea, a solo exhibition at University of Kentucky, Heavy Metalat the Akron Art Museum in Akron, OH, she has participated in numerous national exhibitions including Under the Blanketsand invitational printmaking exhibition hosted by the Pittsburg Print Group, Pittsburg, PA and 4th Annual Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking,at SITE : BROOKLYN in Brooklyn, NY. Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Roy G Biv Gallery in November 2019, Columbus, OH and The Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, OH in November of 2020. Sullivan Smith served on the board of Integrative Teaching International, has been featured on the Podcast, Positive Space, and views both art making and teaching as an all encompassing and integrated human experience.