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Occupied (2020)
Occupied (2020)
Occupied (2020)

Joni Smith

Occupied (2020)


WWII Atlas - Reconfigured


Framed 40cm x 40cm

Hand cut paper construction

About Joni Smith
Joni builds fictitious worlds using everyday objects. She works mostly with maps, reordering them into new worlds. Before assembling the work Joni devises a set of rules to follow & from then on becomes machine-like in her adherence to them. Decisions are made, but not ones that compromise the rule set.
"The idea becomes a machine that makes the art",  Sol LeWitt

The work is labour-intensive, giving the impression of a kind of natural development, where rocks & land are slowly formed, or reformed.  As each piece takes shape it is clear to see one world breaking down as the other emerges.  Joni sees her practice as a series of quasi-scientific investigations, contrasting installation and paper based work.