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30 April – 12 June 2022
Taking place as part of Photo 2022, ‘Ugly/Beautiful’ is a solo exhibition of photographic work by mixed-media artist Mark Smith; it presents a space for beauty and ugliness to coalesce. Exploring identity, difference and faith, the artwork aims to express feelings of joy, yet, the viewer’s experience is more confronting, with imagery depicting digital collages of body parts lurching outwards from a black background, prompting feelings of disconnectedness, discomfort and unease.
“After my accident, I was told I’d never walk again. I proved them wrong. I consider limitations and barriers imposed on me as an invitation/motivation to fuel my determination to create and succeed. My works are ambiguous to the viewing public. However, my greater intention is to break down preconceived understandings of disability. My life’s experiences are definitely an inspiration for my artworks.” —Mark Smith, 2021