Claire Mont Smith
Born in 1969 in England, Clare Mont Smith studied Fine Art at Reading University and Chelsea College of Art. Following this, Smith completed an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths. Smith first began exhibiting her work in 1976, with solo shows at both Gardner Centre Gallery and ACME Gallery. Smith has since exhibited her work at Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, IKON Gallery, Birmingham and The Wharf Gallery, Devon. Smith has been awarded residencies at Whitechapel Gallery and South West Arts. She has been commissioned to create work for both Limehouse Library and Whitechapel Gallery and in 1981, Smith was awarded the Albany Sculpture Award. Smith's self-portrait, Over my shoulder (2014), was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2019.
Smith's work explores moments of tranquillity amidst changing light patterns, seasons and structures, each one unravelling a single thread. Over my shoulder is no exception, capturing the artist as a tangle of pastel and charcoal lines. In Smith's own words: 'I work with threads or story lines that may arise from everyday activities, events, or news and follow them through different processes and materials. While centred around observation and reflection, my procedures embrace the accidental, the contingent, even the arbitrary.'