Arts Commons Presents
Lightbox Studio: Kelly Jacqueline Smith
Spun of Gold:
A bewitching installation drawn from fairy tales and folklore
Lightbox Studio (Beside the Martha Cohen Theatre)
Dates: March 10, 2016 to April 19, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #4 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Tuesday, April 19 from 6-9pm
Arts Commons Presents welcomes Kelly Jacqueline Smith’s Spun of Gold, an ongoing installation and studio project in the Lightbox Studio that looks to unravel the numerous stories and symbolisms formed within our histories and literacies that have bound women with storytelling, witchcraft, magic, and destiny.
Taking advantage of the Lightbox Studio’s physicality, Smith will treat the space like a theatrical stage, diorama, or window that peers into another world, using paint, dramatic lighting, and found objects that render a scenic installation that will resemble the home and hearth of a supposed witch and storyteller as imagined during times of classic mythology.
Engaging with common narratives found in western folklore and fairy tales, artist and writer Kelly Jacqueline Smith will revive and reimagine these stories through the eyes - and by the tongue - of the mythical witch.
Kelly Jacqueline Smith is an artist and writer whose work serves as a cavernous mouth into familiar and imaginary worlds. Inspired by classical mythology, gothic and romantic literature, fairy tales and the fantastical, her work is a kaleidoscopic vision about love, magic, and the transformative power of storytelling. Kelly graduated from The Alberta College of Art + Design in 2014 and currently lives and works in Calgary. She is currently working on a gothic novella.