Work ships from Los Angeles.
In her street work, Paige Smith draws inspiration from quiet, modest, tucked away spaces: the cracks in between bricks, the grating of a drain, the inside of a pipe and interior of a derelict phone booth. She creates her “urban geodes” either out of hand cut and folded die-cut paper or individually cast resin and configures them to seamlessly fit into spaces that inspire her—like a spirited mastermind cracking the code of a puzzle. Smith’s installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and discover and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt. Geodes are formations made and found in nature and the fact that Smith fabricates this process out of manmade materials and places them in major cities concurrently signals the tension between nature and industry and celebrates the beauty of urban space. Her work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be present and to find beauty in the mundane.
—Courtesy of Lizy Dastin
Image rights: Image credit: Gregory Tuzin