Caitlin Smail

Central St Martins: BA Fine Art

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Accidents will happen, mixed media 30x30 cm


Don't hurt me, mixed media 30x30 cm, £390 (framed)


Fragments, mixed media 30x30 cm, £390 (framed)


Surfacing, mixed media 30x30 cm, £390 (framed)


Taking the plunge, mixed media 30x30 cm, £390 (framed)


Testing the water, mixed media 30x30 cm


Underneath, mixed media 60x60 cm, £450 (unframed)



Artist statement
Currently my work centres on the themes of childhood fragility and loss of innocence, drawn from my own experiences as a child and as a parent. I am particularly interested in the blocking of memory through trauma. I have been exploring these themes using both photography and oil painting. Recently, I have been combining the two to produce a series of haunting images representing the shadowy memories of childhood traumas, distorted through time. I have also been investigating the idea of “hors de champs” – the way in which images are cropped to create the suggestion of ‘something else’ outside the frame of view. Sometimes it is that hint of another presence which can often be more disturbing than that which is shown.

Previous shows
Solo shows: ‘Bite’ at the Cobden Club May 2002 ‘Foretaste’ at The St Martin’s Lane Gallery, March 2002 Group shows: ‘Mutiny’ at the Oxo Tower Wharf, Jan 2003 ‘Xhibit’ at The Davies Street Gallery July/August 2001 ‘Lost Property’ at The Roundhouse Undercroft January 2001

Artist biography
Caitlin Smail was born in New York in 1959. She attended classes at the Byham Shaw School of Art in London and the Academie de Porte Royale in Paris before going up to Cambridge University in 1978 to read Art History. As a mature student in 1995 she got a place at Central St Martins where she achieved a distinction in her foundation course (BTech). She is now in her final year studying for her Fine Art BA.

Caitlin Smail

Central St Martins: BA Fine Art

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