an exhibition by Amy Smoot
October 3rd – October 25th, 2019
I tend to worry about being noticed for the “wrong” reasons. So, I ask, what does it do to a person when they constantly doubt themselves and how can we grow to accept the things that cannot change? The focus of my work lies within the everyday insecurities that are experienced as we move through the world. Everyone has a “thing” that they are sensitive about, whether it is physically or mentally based. I am interested in how these moments have the power to influence how so many of us compensate (or overcompensate) for our insecurities. This buildup of self-doubt can negatively impact our self-worth, resulting in altering our appearance or beahvior, as we all want to be seen as good enough in the eyes of others. The ceramic figure is used as a vessel to express my own personal insecurities and others close to me. I ultimately wish to bind the audience with relatable experiences to show that they are not alone in dealing with constant self-doubt. This work has helped me realize my own, mainly self-imposed, insecurities and has led me closer towards acceptance.
Amy Smoot teaches Intro to Ceramics, Ceramics I, Ceramics II and Figurative Modeling. Smoot has been included in group exhibitions including ArtFields 2019, Lake City, S.C.; Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Penn.; Currents 2018: An Honest Attempt, Gary R. Libby Gallery, Gainesville, Fla.; and After School Special, an NCECA Pop-Up Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Smoot received the MFA in ceramics from UA and the BFA in ceramics from the University of West Georgia where she was a studio assistant in ceramics and a student research assistant. Smoot was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Studio Art at UA. She was awarded the Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and a Graduate Council Fellowship at UA. She was one of three artists selected for Air Air in 2017, an artist residency where artists make art on airplanes.
Smoot has been a demonstrating artist at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, has participated in workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In the spring of 2017, Smoot gave a 19th-century ceramics presentation at historic Lyon Hall in Demopolis, Ala. and led a “Fifty-Minute Heads” workshop at the 2017 Georgia High School Clay Symposium (at UWG). During her tenure as a graduate student, she served two years as president of Crimson Clay, as well as treasurer of the organization.