July 6, 2007 – August 18, 2007
Drawing for Marjorie Williams Smith is as much about the process as it is about the product. Her memories, realities, emotions, and beliefs are made visible for her in her drawings. Smith uses line as her primary tool. It is the element by which everything else is made: value, shapes, textures, etc. Singular or en mass, line communicates visual and emotional energies that can take the artist and viewer on a journey of the senses and spirit. While Smith has worked with other subjects she finds herself returning to flowers for visual reference. Most often these flowers are dried and they seem to have another life beyond the fragility seen. They represent time, energy, life, and spirit. The delicacy of the lines and values in each drawing is metaphorical. Smith uses metal point and graphite as her drawing media for these materials enhance the qualities she tries to present. Every stage of the drawing process is introspective. Whether Smith is deciding on which flower to draw, applying ground to her paper, or struggling with the intricacies of a dried form, Smith is removed from the routine of daily activities. She focuses on the details of life that are most often overlooked when she is too busy. This silent communication becomes Smith’s opportunity to refuel and grow.