Sunday Reed is Organic, 'A Time Like This' exhibition
The basis of Kate Smith’s work for the A Time Like This exhibition, was an early series of paintings of her mother’s garden, created in situ and from memory, that explored and even satirised nineteenth century ideas of what were socially acceptable subjects for women’s paintings: English gardens, verandahs, poppies, roses and agapanthus, seemingly unaware of the vast Australian landscape beyond.
In Sunday Reed is organic, we see one of series of works of brief, truncated text appearing in fits and starts across the canvas, and bending the mind with historical and biographical reference. Smith sees herself as a writer first: text and language and semiotic puzzling are foregrounded. Smith doesn’t settle on a solution, rather she puzzles out the different aspects. Her hand drawn, oversized reading blocks are works that directly critique the way art history is taught within the tertiary system. She observes that women artists still rarely make it in to the courses that provide compulsory, canonised overviews of art history; and are instead relegated to women’s and cultural studies, often as electives. (Adapted from catalogue text by Meredith Turnbull).
Kate Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) at the Australian National University and ANU School of Art in 2005. That year she was also the recipient of the ANU School of Art Peter Fay Graduate Award, ANU School of Art/Canberra Contemporary Art Space 6 month Residency Award. She has exhibited nationally.