Mark Smith’s works navigate the complexities of living with a disability. His early work deals with the physicality of the body and how it relates to the human condition. For Smith, the body becomes a non-negotiable starting point for existence.

Art Exhibition previously on at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Brunswick precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 30 July 2022 to Sunday 11 September 2022

HOPE, 2020. image

Event published by Counihan Gallery on Thursday 21 April 2022.
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Smith’s text-based soft sculptures and ceramics put emotional responses into words. The works are philosophical propositions that reflect on his state of being. Smith enjoys playing with words and a recent work called Always look on the bright side of life is typical of Mark’s attitude to life. The soft sculptures are visceral and textured. They incorporate stuffing, threads, and rich fabrics to create a malleable form. Making soft sculptures is a slow process. The works therefor reflect ‘a quality of being’ and the capacity to be ‘shaped or extended’.

‘Malleability’ includes soft sculptures, ceramics, mixed-media paintings, photography and video.

Mark Smith is an Arts Project Australia artist.


Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick