Paula Smithson is a practicing artist with a national and international exhibition profile who has participated in a number of practice based research projects. She studied BA (Hons) Fine Art, specialising in printmaking at the University of Central Lancashire graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 1999 and completed a Masters Degree in Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Smithson is interested in the human condition and how we interact with environment, time, our physicality, our emotions and how we experience these through the art of performance in a space of tension, mood and atmosphere. These ‘charged spaces’ that delight and disturb, often experienced from an early age, arouse a range of emotions and leave lasting impressions.
Recent work has evolved through drawing on location at circuses and carnivals and is inspired by theatre and performance in particular Commedia de’lla Arte and the Carnivalesque. She is currently working on a series of screen prints, de-constructing and re-constructing them, to create a series of small-scale dioramas and set designs that re-imagine these experiences.
Paula Smithson is a member of ArtLab Contemporary Print Studio