Delaney Smith -- the artist behind Eyeland Studio -- is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation and transformation through repetition. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book.
As a focus for this show, Smith will be presenting her striking, intimate, cast handmade paper Yes, pieces.
The YES pieces originated from a work she made in 2013 called Knebix. Smith was inspired by letterpress, and instead of pressing metal type into paper, she decided to create the text by casting paper pulp directly onto letters.
In Knebix, Delaney created non-sensical words because the piece was more about texture and the sound of the word instead of the meaning behind it -- text can be very dominant, and the reading of a word can overtake all other aspects of the piece -- but she decided to take a different approach with the YES pieces. While thinking about the women coming forth and volunteering their emotional labor in laying out their sexual abuse experiences, she decided to cast the word YES.
YES, I will relive that moment. YES, I will be silent for years. YES, I will pave the way to more justice for future women. YES, I will ignore my instinct to run. YES, I will take your shit. YES, I will become numb in ways that will take years to undo. YES, I won't even realize this has happened to you and you and you and you, too. YES I will bend for you. YES I won't shut up anymore.
These pieces are both heavy and light, subtle and striking, bold and subdued. And in addition to this work, Smith will also be gracing Smart + Becker with some incredible home goods, all made with natural fabrics, hand-dyed with organic materials, like indigo, onion skin, and madder to create rich hues and tones in goods imbued with intentionality.
Smith is taken by the inherent quality in materials, which lead her to use natural dyes, make paper, and work with transparency. She loves the seasonal aspect of natural dyes, the way they are never the same exact shade twice, and how they force her to pay attention more closely.
The vibrant tones found in Smith's textiles subtly command attention without taking up all the "space" in the room, so to speak.
And her wearables are perfectly... wearable. These lightweight, hand-dyed articles can be worn on cool summer evenings and mornings, and then transition into cooler weather as layering pieces.
Join us to experience the colors and textures of Eyeland Studio, July 6, 6-10p.
Delaney received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013-14. At the beginning of 2015, she participated in Pentaculum, a week long forum at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.