Mark’s works navigate the complexities of living with a disability. His early work deals with the body’s physicality and how it relates to the human condition. For Smith, the body becomes a non-negotiable starting point for existence.
Mark’s text-based soft sculptures and ceramics put emotional responses into words. The works are philosophical propositions that reflect on his state of being. Smith enjoys playing with words and a recent work called Always look on the bright side of life is typical of Mark’s attitude to life. The soft sculptures are visceral and textured. They incorporate stuffing, threads, and rich fabrics to create a malleable form. Making soft sculptures is a slow process. The works therefore reflect ‘a quality of being’ and the capacity to be ‘shaped or extended’.
‘Malleability‘ includes soft sculptures, ceramics, mixed-media paintings, photography and video.
The exhibition ran 30 July until 11 September 2022 at Counihan Gallery, Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria.