Still from experimental short film 'I Missed the Kiss' 2016 Duration 00.04.35
Compiled and filmed in 2016, this is a largely symbolic exploration of a very delayed discovery of lesbian identity.
This piece was conceived as a contemplation on the emergence of the Irish republic overlaid by my present 'post colonial' vision of Ireland. By confining the imagery to an existing object I am giving an nod to Jasper Johns, but I am mainly using the flag to distill concepts of nationality from 1916 and from 2016 in more than a neo-Dadasit way. The piece is intended to act as a mirror for the observers own thoughts.
Composed of an Irish flag with threads of fabric removed, painted with modeling wax over newspaper and silver stars collage on mdf board, it is mounted 30mm proud of the hanging surface.
The artist: Developing her art practice since 1995, Fifi Smiths her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. Her current work is in the form of kinetic projection installations, experimental movies, and light boxes.
Concepts: Her work addresss the blurred and uncertain overlap between between thinking and feeling, and between individuality and conformity. In these tiny transitions of the human brain, there are no certainties and, therefore, no absolutes. This is the springboard for her work.
Materials More recently she works in experimental film, kenitic light works and expanded cinema.
Although the investigation of concepts is key to her work, the materials used remain fundamental to her drive to communicate, and materiality remains intregal to her practice.