“a beautiful conflation of Japanese minimalism and western abstraction” Neil Cameron The Scotsman
Jenny Smith is a contemporary artist living and working in Edinburgh. Her work invites us to question the definition of drawing. She draws, using meditative, embodied, hand rendered processes. These are then developed into unique large scale drawings or limited edition prints, often incorporating the digital medium of laser cutting and etching. Her work investigates the relationship between process and concept, within the context of memory, place and time.
Jenny also currently creates socially engaged, site-specific work, often derived from people’s hand written answers to the title question, which are then laser cut into paper, other materials such as acrylic or the landscape. Jenny works with groups in the community to create unique collective artworks, in which each individual makes a very tangible and identifiable contribution; their original handwriting being laser cut into the fabric of the artwork created. Jenny’s work explores writing as a form of drawing and often incorporates the use of social media and new technology within the creative process, alongside more traditional methods of drawing and mark making. Work is often commissioned on a large scale for specific spaces or created as signed, limited edition prints, framed for the domestic or corporate environment. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a commission for your company, organisation or home.
Jenny also creates artist books and films. Her work is available for commission and exhibited and sold through a number of Galleries in the UK. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Jenny has won numerous Awards and has work held in public and private collections, including acquisitions of her artist books by The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. She was a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Creative Research and Development Award and has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Jenny is listed in the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Art.
Jenny delivers Continual Professional Development courses for artists and teachers both in her Edinburgh studio, and on a freelance basis as a Visting Lecturer at a number of Universities. See courses page www.edinburghlaserstudio.org.uk for details of laser cutting courses and the community page on this website for information about previous drawing related workshops and the Workshops page for forthcoming workshops, including Drawn to Dance a new collaborative workshop with Sarena Wolfaard that explores the relationship between drawing and dance.
You can purchase Jenny’s work throughout the year from a number of Galleries. please get in touch if you would like to know where she is currently exhibiting.