This painting depicts clouds set against a dark sky. The artist aims to have her work be in dialogue with video and images in movement, a sensation Smith captures in the highly detailed work.
About this piece, Melanie Smith says: "My practice is in various mediums and has simultaneous layers that I think dislocate a certain optic of the world through tactile surfaces and materiality. My work in painting is always in dialogue with video, or image in movement, and I think of painting as a thought process that echoes or creates tangents with digitally produced images. Usually these references go back into the history of art. So it isn't, for me really, about one medium but rather the processes or multiple maps that function through different temporalities and inscriptions."
Melanie Smith’s multi-media work encompasses film, sculpture, performance and photography, functioning as layered maps in dialogue with one another. The artist’s process is an exploration of the surfaces of objects, looking for unstable ground in the gaps of art history and the past—places she can create new surfaces that challenge viewer’s expectations. Smith’s artwork explores themes of nature and entropy; the effects of industrialization, urbanization and colonialism; and the role of the artist in society through experiments with physical and authorial distance.