Christopher Thomas Smith

UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Christopher Thomas Smith in his studio

Biography

Christopher Thomas Smith was born in Lynn Massachusetts and grew up in the nearby town of Danvers. In 2016, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Vedic Science and Fine Arts from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Deeply interested in the human condition, Christopher has independently studied classical literature and philosophy. Using mainly clay, he constructs works informed by the gestural movements of the human form, deteriorating architectural structures, and barren landscapes. The experience of place, time, and process are the central themes of his work.

Statement

Visually, I am referring to man-made utilitarian structures such as office buildings, grain mills, and temples. I also allude to non-man made structures such as canyons, buttes, the desert, and the human body. These structures communicate a sense of honesty and time. Monumental forms have an existential presence which can give a feeling of transcendence, importance, permanence and impermanence. Within all things is a structure that can be seen folding in on itself and deteriorating as it continuously shifts into something else.

Contact

ctsmithartstudio@gmail.com
Instagram @ctsmith_art

Installation view of the MFA Thesis Exhibition
Striving, 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”. Pile, 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”.
Neo-Brutalist Vase #1.3, 2020, ceramic sculpture, 5.5” x 6” x 7.5”
Neo-Brutalist Vase #1.3, 2020, ceramic sculpture, 5.5” x 6” x 7.5”

Slideshow

  1. Striving, 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  2. Striving (detail), 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  3. Striving (detail), 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  4. Striving (detail), 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  5. Striving (detail), 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  6. Striving (detail), 2020, ceramic sculpture, 21.5” x 21.5” x 84”
  7. Pile, 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”
  8. Pile (detail), 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”
  9. Pile (detail), 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”
  10. Pile (detail), 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”
  11. Pile (detail), 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”
  12. Pile (detail), 2020, ceramic assemblage sculpture, 268.5” x 80” x 12”

Photo credits: Kate Couturier

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College of Visual Performing Arts, Degree Type MFA, Gallery Exhibitions, Gallery University Art Gallery