Cherie Smith – Artist
Cherie’s work responds to city spaces and the natural environment – both rural and urban space is key. Modern cities are defined by the office buildings, skyscrapers and architecture that can become industrious and hostile. Her intention is to gain a sense of utopianism in response to those environments we are surrounded by everyday that can restrict, are claustrophobic and man-made.
Cherie feels a sense of freedom within the natural world. The rural landscape has infinite possibilities from which to produce artwork that captures the rhythmic contours of nature. She is concerned with the notion of becoming at one with the natural environment, expressing emotions through colour and form with paint, rather than depicting imitative representations to reflect how she feels.
In addition, she finds that the process of making, building up complex layers and use of materials is equally important. It explores chance experimentation and other organic processes that echo her overall intention in relation to gaining a sense of release; an emotional engagement with the work.