Prof. Rick Smith

Prof. Rick Smith

Southern Illinois University Carbondale USA


A friend of mine once said that I “create well defined ambiguities”. Force, within a creative context, functions within a spectrum of utility. Within that utility force is only one of many visual tools that are asserted. 

Force is the energy and mode of creating. It is what I use to move metal. The force I imbue into the metal can also be subtle and calibrated.  

Through imagery, perhaps force moves the viewer as well. However, force is not really for the viewer. Their interaction is dimensional and emotional, brought about by their interpretation of life and the piece they are viewing. How they engage with the piece is partly a residual effect of the force possibly exerted on or in their life, but their interpretation is purely their own. In other words, they take the ambiguities and intentions I create and give them meaning.




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