WA TAL­ENT IN FO­CUS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Look Local -

d442068 PERTH artist He­len Smith can­not re­mem­ber a time she was not in­ter­ested in art.

Com­ing from a fam­ily of engi­neers, Smith cre­ates for­mal­ist min­i­mal ab­stract works in paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions.

She was cho­sen by the Art Gallery of WA as its next WA Fo­cus ex­hi­bi­tion tal­ent, a new an­nual pro­gram ded­i­cated to show­case the re­cent and new work of lo­cal artists.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been cu­rated by Jenepher Dun­can and spans Smith’s works from her fi­nal year at Curtin Univer­sity in 2000 to 2014.

“It is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity and I’m very grate­ful to have been se­lected,” Smith said.

“I think the pro­gram will ben­e­fit a lot of WA artists by giv­ing them a pro­file and ex­po­sure in our State gallery.”

Smith said when she and Dun­can se­lected the works, they were sur­prised to see the cor­re­la­tions be­tween the older and newer pieces.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been hung chrono­log­i­cally, be­gin­ning with her Pink Monochromes, cre­ated while at univer­sity.

Five works from this se­ries will be taken by Art Col­lec­tive of WA to Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary 15 in­ter­na­tional art fair in Septem­ber.

Smith will give a free talk on Au­gust 22 at 2pm.

Tanya MacNaughton

Artist He­len Smith’s work has been cho­sen by the Art Gallery of WA to be ex­hib­ited.

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