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Rhonda Smith, Map 1 Choosing A Route, 2015, 23 X 20 X 4.25"
Rhonda Smith, Map 1 Choosing A Route, 2015, 23 X 20 X 4.25"
Rhonda Smith, Aerial, 2017, oil and clay on panel, 48 X 72"
Rhonda Smith, Peninsulate II, 2017, acrylic and modeling paste on panel, 48 X 72"
Rhonda Smith, Peninsulate, oil on panel, 2011, 48 X 48"

WALKING ON ROCK AND WATER

Rock and water provide a moving meditation. On any traverse we are supported: solidity and gravity, buoyancy and fluidity. Their relationship is ancient. They are an odd couple: one recording the passage of time, one eschewing it; one stalwart and the other mercurial. They combine their strengths in a constant exchange of interdependent movements seen and unseen – molecular, tectonic, tidal and volcanic. This pair appears in all my images. Under their influence I feel exuberantly happy creating work that is map-like but an antidote to the flat graphics of the GPS. In intention the images are most closely related to ancient Chinese scholars rocks with their inherent invitation to travel on their surfaces and commune with the wild. Rock and water have the quality of everlastingness. Yet reading Stephen M. Meyer’s book The End of the Wild forces me to think on impermanence and the irretrievable. I sense my own need to atone. My work is homage to the wild. While we might not encounter the true wild, we can commune with the unexpected as with a thrilling journey and that turning around yet another bend. I hope viewers will be enticed to look at my work in this spirit.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rhonda Smith’s exhibits include: Walking on Rock and Water, a solo show at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2017; Schemata, a two person show at the Chandler Gallery Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA, 2016; And There Was Matter, a solo show at Kingston Gallery, Boston MA, 2014; Fragile Navigation, a four person exhibit at Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA, 2012; and Particles and Waves, a group exhibit at Iliad Contemporary, NY, NY, 2012.. She works in Boston and southern Maine. Her work is in many corporate and private collections. She received a BA in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and further education at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and the Cooperativa Mosaicisti, Ravenna, Italy. She was a 2013 fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.

Rhonda Smith, Peninsulate, oil on panel, 2011, 48 X 48" 9 months ago
Rhonda Smith, Peninsulate II, 2017, acrylic and modeling paste on panel, 48 X 72" 9 months ago
Rhonda Smith, Aerial, 2017, oil and clay on panel, 48 X 72" 9 months ago
Rhonda Smith, Map 1 Choosing A Route, 2015, 23 X 20 X 4.25" 9 months ago
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