201610 Kimberly Kwee and David Scott Smith

201610 Kimberly Kwee and David Scott Smith

November 11, 2016

If the writer’s mantra is ‘never stop revising,’ then Kimberly Kwee treats her life like text. Nothing is ever totally finished; everything is up for (re)interpretation. Each surface is waiting to be broken and mined for its deep contents. Memory and personal history are taken apart and re-woven like the fabric and thread Kwee uses in many pieces. Kwee’s art is often collaborative, but even when she’s working solo, her pieces feel open and raw, and evidence of her process remains visible. Kimberly Kwee holds an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently visual arts instructor at Pulaski Technical College.

David Scott Smith’s recent ceramic sculptures point an accusatory finger at the viewer. Despite intentionally creepy imagery, his message is surprisingly reflective; as works of social critique, David Scott Smith indicts his viewers as part of the problem, but he includes himself in the category of chronic offenders. Behind the faces of mutant clowns and genetic rejects, the artist senses himself. He calls attention to the (invariably destructive) human tendency to indulge in acts of insatiable consumption, as well as his own sense of helplessness as he is drawn to the vices he hates. David Scott Smith holds an MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University. He is currently assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Kimberly Kwee and David Scott Smith continues in the TRINITY GALLERY FOR ARKANSAS ARTISTS through February 5, 2017.

Pictured:Wounderbread by Kimberly Kwee, Corn Clown Parade by David Scott Smith, 

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Kimberly Kwee and David Scott Smith