|From left to right: A Certain Kind of Longing, A Beautiful Weight, Morning Glory. These works are on loan to the Unions by C. Pazia Mannella, Catherine Armbrust, and Shawna Johnson respectively.|
|The Passing, courteously on loan from Matt Ballou. This painting is on display in the Lower Lair outside of the Multicultural Center.|
Smith’s work focuses largely on representational figures that are cast into fantastical environments. She is interested in the body for its power to communicate human emotions; she suggests the body’s vulnerabilities with obscuring veils and uses color to call attention to the tensions between external and internal emotional worlds. In these works on display, Smith exploits the expectations imposed on females by painting women who are aesthetically beautiful, but are haunted by some darker force. In exploring what it means to be a woman, Smith purposefully leaves her conclusions ambiguous, leaving the viewer to decide what makes up the feminine identity.
Come visit Colleen Smith's artworks in person on the first floor and in the Lower Lair of the MU Student Center through the end of March!
|Come visit these works in person on the first floor of the MU Student Center, right near US Bank.|
Blogpost authored by Lauren DiSalvo, Curator of Public Arts at the MU Student Unions