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Laura Zelda Smith

Hello, I am an artist who enjoys writing.

Pine Island, United States

I come from long sweeping stretches of rich black farmland and bare uncovered earth. Each September, I would drive through roads littered with the light husks of onions. In August the rank stench of the rotting un-harvest would lay laconically on the air, along with the notion of turnover: planting, growing, dying over and over again—a cycle of resilience stemming from and yielding back into the soil.

Often the subject of my exploration is enigmatic like the blue lines on looseleaf paper, the marks fingers make across a keyboard or unattended luggage in public transportation hubs. I often give voice and vulnerable humor to things not particularly conspicuous for their volubleness. I am interested in using ephemeral materials to create performative sculpture and an engineered, but genuine, dialog of materiality. My process highlights material breakdown, like that of clay dissolving in water, or ice melting and carving small irregularities into a surface, or butter soaking into bread.

I graduated from Alfred University in 2012 with a BFA, as well as a minor in English literature and dance. I received my MFA in 2018 from the University of Colorado Boulder where I focused on creating temporal sculpture. In the in-between,​ I helped organize a collaborative performance touring company. I also spent a period of time at the Cal-Earth Institute of art and architecture where I learned about sustainable housing and earth architecture. This, in turn, led to the construction of a living-structure on a Canadian couples’ burgeoning nature retreat with a colleague, Florent Moisan, as well as the creation of two children's play-space with another colleague, Caitlin Deane.

I am currently looking for new opportunities and adventures.

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