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Mitchell Smith Bristol, UK

My current body of work predominantly consists of two on-going parallel series, ‘OBSERVATIONS’ and ‘HUMAN SCULPTURE’ both of which I centre on the themes of social juxtaposition and ‘Studium/Punctum’ as defined by Roland Barthes. I am currently working on introducing a third series that challenges the functionality and disposition of certain every day objects. I use a naïve, but fine-tuned humour within my work in order to ensnare the attention of a diverse audience. Communicating further, conceptual properties when more closely analysed. My work displays various political matters such as religion, poverty and hierarchy; realised through mixed media including film, photography, performance and more. My overall aim is to produce and develop a body of work, which challenges the ways in which society perceives itself. Creating active conversations for audiences to engage, ultimately producing a positive outcome. OBSERVATIONS Documentation of ephemeral moments. Accentuating social juxtaposition whilst demonstrating certain behaviours and aesthetics, which construct an ever-changing dialog with one another. When observed together these photographic works develop a peculiar language to contemplate social behaviour. This work uses humour and obscurity as a medium to present the audience with various topics. HUMAN SCULPTURES Arranged subjects are presented through displaced performance, photography and video. Holding a peculiar and detailed tone, this series of work retorts contemporary society’s use of symbolism and routine of communication. This work often provokes subtle humour when situated within the ‘white cube’ space.

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