Vivian Ross-Smith

Artist Statement

The predominant focus in my art practice is the study of our natural world, especially relating to extreme and remote landscapes. My use of traditional methods of craftsmanship explores relationships between material and surface; and between man made and natural. Tying together both painting and traditional craft methods in a contemporary way, I reference how ancestrally collected skills, that would have aided the struggles of everyday life, can now be observed from a different perspective. As well as considering the effects and uses of the land by the people who inhabit it, I consider the formation of the land itself. Geology, especially the formation and layering of crystal and rock, is a main inspiration. Exploring and contrasting material’s within my work, I use natural and chemical processes that are familiar but not normally associated with fine art, to challenge the viewer’s perception and ask them to consider humankind's modern relationship with the land.