Mia Smith, a member of the Newark Academy Class of 2015, an alumna from The Oxbow School semester OS30, and a future graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Class of 2019, has used art to express who she is for her whole life. She considers herself skilled in many areas, such as drawing (graphite, charcoal, pastels, pens), painting (oils, acrylics, watercolors), using metallic leaf, and also has some knowledge in sculpture and photography. Mia feels indebted to those inspired by her work and hopes to help others gain the same level of insight into themselves as she has through a medium in which she has found solace and relief.
The above 12″ x 18″ image, partially inspired by the poem “Insomnia”by Elizabeth Bishop, was created in 2014 using modeling paste, acrylics, blue variegated leaf, gold leaf, paint pen and gel pen. To see more of Mia’s amazing artwork, click “continue reading” below.Y ear: 2014. Medium: Fiberglass, canvas, pan flutes, steel and wood. Size: 18″ x 18″x 18.” Final Project at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA.
Artist’s Statement: “‘The self’ — what defines it? What makes each person unique? I am interested in where the self originates, not only biologically in the brain, but also socially, emotionally, and environmentally. There is a vast expanse of knowledge regarding when and how one develops an identity. Since one’s identity is described as a sensory and emotional experience, analyzing the uniqueness and spectrum of each individual’s point of view is unimaginable.
This sculptural instrument is a self-portrait that explores my intra-personal self. My favorite coloris purple and one of my favorite styles is steampunk. The pan flutes represent my love for listening to and playing music.The song that circumscribes the sculpture one of my favorite duets to play on the piano; it is “Berceuse” from the Dolly Suite, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré.
This work represents my emotional and intellectual growth at Oxbow. There is a large hole on one side that symbolizes how I have learned to let others in…to see inside me with minimal fear or discomfort on my end. Maybe I don’t know what makes me ‘me.’ I have not discovered my full individuality, though I have reflected on it for as long as I can remember. I have only skimmed the surface; it will be a lifelong journey that will lead me through more research. I think of my self as an individual whose journey, while sometimes excruciating and sometimes euphoric, has been thought-provoking, complex,and, most importantly, one-of-a-kind.”Y ear: 2014 Medium: Steel rods, fishing line, lead fishing line weights
Created at The Oxbow School in Napa, California. Mia’s assignment was to create a piece based on one word. Her word was “cohesion.”
Created at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA. Mia created a replica of a found stick using copper wire for the frame, clay for the exterior, and acrylic paints for color. Can you tell which stick is the real one and which is the clay one? You can find the answer by scrolling to the end of the post.
Medium: Oil pastels, white & black charcoal
Size: 12″x 18″
Medium: Gel pen, felt-tip marker, gold leaf on paper Size: 7 .5″x 10″ (Part 1 of series) Year: 2014 Medium: Gel pen, felt-tip marker, red variegated leaf, acrylics Size: Paper is 7 .5″x 10″ (Part 2 of series)
Medium: Blue variegated leaf, gold leaf, gel pen on paper Size: 5″x 8.5″ (Part 4 of a series)
The image on the left was scanned and the image on the right was photographed using natural light.
Medium: Gel pen, felt-tip marker on paper Size: 5″x 8.5″
Zero is a playable character in the video game Borderlands.
Medium: Gel pen, blue variegated leaf Size: 11″x 15″
Medium: Graphite on paper
Size: 7 .5″x 10″
Medium:Wire, moss, marbles, LED lights, quartz crystals, acrylics, spray paint Size: 12″x 8.25″
“Creciente” means “growing” [adj.] in Spanish.
Featured in the Newark Academy McGraw Gallery 2013 Community Art Exhibit “Dream On.”Y ear: 2014
Medium: Modeling paste, acrylics, copper leaf, moss Size: 12″x 16″
Medium: tissue paper, oils & crayon on canvas Size:16″x 54″
The crayons are positioned to resemble the shape of the sound wave of the artist saying “I love you.”
ANSWER to the “Clay Sticks” mystery question: The real stick is on the left and the one sculpted by the artist is on the right.