Perspective 
Abby Smith

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My work reflects the exploration and effect of environment on and artist, and their work. Since, given the current COVID-19 crisis, majority of us are or have been confined to a certain environment more often than we would normally be, evoking reflection on our surroundings; positive and/or negative. I have deduced this as an opportunity to articulate my response to the environment which I am spending majority of my time in - as a result of these unusual circumstances - as well as to shed some light on an atmosphere which is unfamiliar to many mainstream audiences; being the rural working environment I have grown up in. Since, this is an environment that personally resonates with me, my recent time has resulted in a sense of optimism consequent of the cathartic release that this environment offers me, as a result, it is something that I would like to portray, in the hope that my optimism may be shared by viewers in this time of uncertainty.  

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Originating from a small rural town background, I am a visual arts student and artist working primarily in graphite. My spare time work consists predominantly of commission realist sketches, but my past university endeavours have seen a vast array of mediums utilised, in an attempt to learn new skills, push my limits, and find what it is that drives me. Recently, I’m increasingly finding a meaningful source of inspiration, and even cathartic release for me - is found in a place close to my heart; my small hometown (specifically the rural aspect). For my upcoming project, I am working towards exploring that perspective, with the hope that it will become a way to visually articulate this passion - through a realist approach which combines two heavily impactful aspects of my life, drawing, and the country. 

Instagram: @Abbyrosefineart