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KATHRYN SMITH WINS AWARD (article first published : 2003-11-20)

Artist, critic and curator Kathryn Smith receives the 2004 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in the category of art.

“Speak to anyone who has their finger on the pulse of art here and Kathryn Smith's name comes up again and again,” says well-known artist Andrew Verster who is delighted with this year’s choice of award-winner. “She is immensely topical at the moment because of her concerns, her themes and the media she in involved with. All of which place her at the forefront of the contemporary scene. Talented, witty and with a sense of history, she embodies a certain line of current thought. Intellectually astute, theoretical and analytical in her approach she is the thinking person's artist, and yet her work is accessible to everyone. That is a rare quality.”

Born in Durban in 1975, Kathryn spent her schooling years here before proceeding to complete her BA (FA) (Hons) and MA (FA) with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in printmaking but also working in photography, video and installation. Her research for her Masters was Violence and Abjection in Contemporary South African Art. She is currently working towards a proposal for a Ph.D degree through the Department Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand.

Kathryn has achieved many prizes and awards including first prize at the Sasol New Signatures Competition in 1999, the Wits Alumni Bright Star Award for outstanding contribution to the arts and humanities in 2002, and in 2003 she was awarded the MTN New Contemporaries Award as appointed curator. She is constantly asked to curate and facilitate exhibitions and events as well as speak at and present conferences. Lecturer, writer, art correspondent, judge, member and director of many associations, she is continually exhibiting both at home and abroad.

Kathryn and fellow-artist Christian Nerf have been awarded a Joint Ampersand Fellowship for 2004 and will take up residency in New York during March and April. She is also editing and co-authoring the first consolidated publication on Penny Siopis, published by the Goodman Gallery and due for release during the second half of 2004.

By her own confession Kathryn produces a ‘forensic method’ of art, which put in layman’s terms, “is the relationship between art and criminal practise”, which she finds very relevant in contemporary South Africa. Kathryn is currently working towards a consolidated exhibition that will bring together the diverse threads of her doctoral research into art and crime, focussing specifically on Walter Sickert’s alleged relationship to the Ripper murders. The show is set to take place during 2004.

In explaining her work, Kathryn says, “I have tried to work with still and moving images such that they begin to behave like the body, so that they twitch, breathe, jerk, ‘sweat’ and ‘bleed’. I try to work with the secret histories and unspoken desires that exist between the private and the public. Issues of transgression and license are primary areas of interrogation, focusing on the threat of danger and its association with the erotic.”

Kathryn Smith is a unique artist in her own right, and in terms of the diverse concept of ‘art’, her name is about to be emblazoned everywhere.




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