Roxanne Smith's work shows views of everyday life; people occupying ordinary spaces and landscapes. She also photographs temporary constructions of fragile objects and light. In these works, Smith is exploring concepts and themes that are experienced by all humans: the fragility of life, the certainty of death and a reminder to be aware of each moment.
I work primarily in Black & White.
Smith works with a digital Pentax camera with 31mm and 43mm lenses. She uses a tripod and the camera's self-timer to include herself in the images.
Smith includes painters, photographers and sculptors as influencers of her work. Some influences are: Joseph Cornell, Gregory Crewdson, Jeff Wall, Carrie Mae Weems, and Andrew Wyeth.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. She has held 12 solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions. Her work is collected by the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, and privately in Canada and the United States.
She has been a member of ViewPoint Gallery since 2004.
Selected Articles / Publications / Reviews
· 2014 Barnard, Elissa. "Winter Gardens through the lens and brush", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia
· 2009 Watson, Kate. "'To Bev,' and signed 'Tom'", The Weekly News/Halifax News Net, Halifax, Nova Scotia
· 2006 Barnard, Elissa. "The coast is clear for photographer Smith", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia
· 2002 grain magazine, Vol. 29 No. 3, Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Regina, front cover and back, Winter
· 1996 Cropas, Nyna. Roxanne Smith: Sub Rosa, Visual Arts News, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Winter
· 1996 Cropas, Nyna. Sub Rosa, Exhibition Catalogue, September 19 - October 27, 1996, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia.
· 1995 Elgstrand, Gregory. On The Cut, Exhibition Catalogue, April 25 - 29, 1995, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
· 1991 Atlantis, Vol. 16 No. 2, Institute for the Study of Women, Halifax, front cover, also pp. 2, 76, 91, 97, 114, 116, 119
· 1991 Wolf Ladder (by Don Domanski), Coach House Press, Toronto, front cover, also frontispiece, and chapter heading decorations
· 1990 Atlantis (A Women's Studies Journal), Vol. 16 No. 1, Institute for the Study of Women, Halifax, front cover, also pp. 2, 119
· 1990 Domanski, Don. Preservation of Hope, Exhibition Catalogue, March 30 - April 29, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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