b. 1966, Essex, England
Bridget Smith works with photography, video and site specific installations to explore the relationship between the real and the imagined through the spaces that we occupy. Her artwork addresses our conflicted desire to feel both connected and transported: within society, the landscape and the wider universe. She is known for a style that is both documentary and reliant upon the imagination using the transformative properties of light, colour, pattern and scale to create a space where the ‘unreal’ emerges as an aesthetic experience.
Her early photographs documented the construction of fantasy and the architecture of entertainment, whereas her current work takes an expansive approach to photography: analogue and digital, still and moving, the photograph as object, the photograph and object, and animating the still image. The representation of light and infinite space, drawing on early scientific models, is a current preoccupation, making the invisible visible and bringing the distant into close proximity. The cinema as a site has also been a recurring theme throughout her art practice.
Blueprint for a Sea (infinity), 2015
Cyanotype print on aluminium. 110 x 230 cm
Edition of 4 + 1AP