I first met Smith Eliot when I curated her work into Photo+Construct, a group exhibition of mixed-media and sculptural photography way back in 2007. Over the years I have admired her ability to tell a story with photographs and found materials. Her book-like constructions contain narratives that are deep, soulful, sensual, often focused on dark, melancholic and personal refections of life, death, and everything in between. Finally, I’ve decided to carry her work in inventory and I think you will find it as compelling as I do.
Smith tells us:
The Book of Hurt ‘n’ Healing describes injury in the first chapter (viewed by opening the book from one side) where we see our protagonist pierced by skewers. In the second chapter (opening the other side), we see the process of healing. The nest signifies both “home” and “nature.” The write-through mini poems within the nest show how the text of our lives may be re-written. My personal healing has been in recovery from alcoholism, but we all bear our own personal difficulties. This work suggests, and my personal belief is that recovery is always possible if we want it.
|Title||The Book of Hurt 'n' Healing|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||4 original photographs|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Wooden Box, double hinge|
|Medium/ Materials||Paint, old maps, bamboo skewers, bird's nest, shredded book pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||4.5 x 6.75 x 4.5 inches closed|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|