Jolee (Jo) Smith is an interdisciplinary artist and graduate student in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. They hold a BFA Interdisciplinary (specializing in jewellery design/metalsmithing and sculpture) and a BA in Art History from NSCAD University. Jolee’s research interests include critical craft studies, disability arts and curatorial practice in Canada, contemporary art in Atlantic Canada, queer theory and histories, and research-creation methodologies.
As an artist, I am drawn to the poetics of materiality. Those of craft disciplines are especially poignant as they relate to the intimate and quotidian. Metal, ceramics, and fibre become a language through which I aim to communicate notions of sociability, loss, and agency. I have recently been focusing on automatism to explore the psychological and affective aspects of writing and making.
I frequently work in collaboration with my partner in life and work, Devin Horsman. Together, we have created intermedia installation, rope sculpture, and algorithmic jewellery.