UNCOMFORTABLE, CONFINING AND AWKWARD STRUCTURES SEEM TO CONTAIN US. WE ARE PRETTY MUCH AT THE MERCY OF A CONTROLLED WORKING ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS WHAT MY WORK IS CONNECTING WITH, BUT ON SOCIAL & PATAPHYSICAL LEVEL.
In Clay Smith's PHOTOGRAPHY, Upside-down planes, empty townscapes, imposing structures that threaten our space, disfigured Hollywood icons, deconstructed insects: flies, bees, moths and butterflies all make up Clay's images that please and make unease the conditions of our own relatively secure environments.
"I tend to use images that have some emptiness within them, only to place or misplace another image within it. I like the connection of how two or three different images can work and adjust themselves when placed within the same frame. I guess this all comes from my thoughts about society on a socio-dynamic level, from investigating tribalism within our multicultural environments to thinking about the vibrational energy our thoughts give off, that in turn effect everything else. I want to take my work further than a mere metaphor or a simple representation of the surrounding world."
Clay Smith works on both small and large scale work. Exhibiting in the UK and Internationally. Having in recent years exhibited in South Korea, and in January 2018 will be showing his Dystopian pieces in Athens at the Enia Gallery. He has collectors in Korea, UK and Germany.