“Through a combination of text and image my work strives to reveal the forces that combine to create the narratives of our lives. I write autobiographical stories that are hand cut out of vernacular photographs to represent the unique and universal moments that make our lives memorable. My work presents photographic moments that are read through the conventions of the novel and film as opposed to traditional photography.”
Martin Smith’s artwork focuses on those small moments that glance into a life. Tending to gather photographs, as opposed to taking them, his works as a consequence offer wry observations rather than grand statements. The loss or absence inherent in photographic images, which are suggestive of another time and place, is echoed in the physical loss of the words cut into the surface of the works. One story is inscribed on another, just like one memory is laid upon another or one version of a story embellishes another. The resulting works are replete with the same ambiguity, melancholy and richness as memory.