Newtown Art Seat public art by Bernadette Smith featured in Marrickville Open Studio Trail during Art Month 

My postgraduate research at Sydney College of the Arts focuses on water in the Anthropocene. Currently my art practice explores the optical phenomenon of water and glass refractions animated through digital media.




Above: installation at ElectroFringe 17 creates an aurora-like visual drama of digitally recorded scattered rays of sunlight projected through vintage glass of various refractive indices. The water and glass refractions are animated and re-projected through translucent materials using a data projector. In this zone of uncertainty light bounces around liminal spaces transforming itself in a process of disintegration and re-emergence.





Above: Interactions photo assemblage featured in Sydney College of the Arts Showcase at Verge Gallery, University of SydneyThese photographic objects show the scattering and polarization of light waves transversing vintage glass and fluid forms. These dynamic assemblages draw provisional connections between translucent elements interacting within the phenomena of mutable sunlight. This work combines the transfixing power of the sun’s disk with the ever-restless movement of the ocean. 


Using my imagery of water overlaid on walls and pavement pedestrians pass through semi-immersive projections that create a perception of morphing reality to visualise climate change at Beams festival.


Experimental photographs shown at Four Walls photography exhibition

Recent Projects    

         Sculpture at Bayside Arts Festival
      Harbour Sculpture Prize
         Art Crawl at University of Sydney
          Sawmillers Sculpture Prize
              Beams Festival 
             Pool Rules  
          Subliminal Artist Trail 
         Art on the Greenway 

Save Sydney College of the Arts poster, car magnet and  link to protest clothing 











ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
2015 enrolled Master of Fine Arts by Research at Sydney College of the Arts.
2007 Multimedia Certificate IV Hunter Street TAFE, Newcastle
1988 Master of Fine Art, by coursework San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA.
1984 Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies, College of Fine Arts,
        University of N.S.W; Australia. Major: Photography and film/video
1980 Bachelor of Education in Art, University of Newcastle, Australia.

PUBLICATIONS
"Visceral Art and Political Voids" in Rochford Street Review January 2016
Interview in ARTS ZINE march 2016
"Radical Newcastle" published by New South press chapters 'The Star Hotel Riot and its Legacy' and 'A Hidden History of Stockton Bight'
"Australian Art Responses to the GFC" Arena Magazine No. 132 Oct/Nov 2014
"Behind Government Spin - Dissing the Disabled" Green Left Weekly, December 3, 2011
“From Where I Stand” Australian Fabian News Vol 50, 2010
"Letter to Liao Yiwu" The Guardian 8 June 2011
"Work and Worklessness"paper COFFEE conference 2009 University of Newcastle
Featured on The Art Club TV program, CNN, Singapore, 1998.
“Human Intervention on Australian Beaches”, Surfrider Foundation, 1997.
Playbox Theatre 21st Anniversary Catalogue, Melbourne 1997.
“Of Thoughts and Dreams”, Peter Eastway, Australian Camera, Sept.1991.
“Real Artists Paint Seascapes...”, Bernadette Smith, Art City, Nov. 1991.

AWARDS
2009 Selected Florence Biennale.
2003 Highly Commended for painting, Gosford Art Prize.
1985 Louis B Mayer Award for Post Graduate Film, SFAI, California

COLLECTIONS
Marriott Hotels, Australia
ARCO Experimental Cinema Library, Madrid, Spain.
Kodak Photography Collection, Sydney,
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, U.S.A.
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France.
Fotogalerie Kommunale Friedrichshain, Berlin.
State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Archive, Australia.
Australian National Film Archive.

view full curriculum vitae here

Art on the Greenway installation detail by Bernadette Smith part of Leichardt Open Studio Trail 2015

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