Miranda Smith is a Hong Kong and Melbourne based light artist working across installation, digital print, sculpture, and painting.
Smith uses our perceptual fallacies to create dynamic and experimental art experiences for her viewers, aiming to involve her audience in questioning their own experience of her work. She made her 2020 debut with her solo exhibition Lucent Nebulous with Gallery Jeeum in Hong Kong, before returning to Australia with a public light installation in the arts district in 2021 and a Young Talent feature at Affordable Art Fair Melbourne in 2022.
- Solo Exhibition, Lucent Nebulous, GALLERY JEEUM, Hong Kong, 2020
- Transient Luminescence, Assembly Point, Public Installation, The City of Naarm/Melbourne, 2021
- Light Magic, Public Installation, Brimbank City Council, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, 2022
What medium do you work with, and why have you chosen them?
My practice is multidisciplinary, with a particular focus on light installation and experimental photographs of light . I use light as a primary medium and motif due to its biological effects on our body and ability to form deep sensory experiences. The digital photographs of my light installations highlight an aspect of light that our naked eye alone can't perceive, preserving fickle phenomena in ink.
How does your artwork get from initial concept to exhibition stage?
My artworks always emerge from an initial experience with light which acts as a catalyst for experiments. For example, a partial solar eclipse in 2020 has deeply influenced how I use shadow to saturate colours. I then do a lot of experiments in my studio with materials including dichroic glass and resin to form final pieces.
Can you tell us a little more about your creative working environment/studio?
I have a studio in Brunswick that is very juxtaposed, as it is filled with light fixtures in making, large-scale digital prints and traditional oil paintings. In one day I can go from painting a portrait to designing a light installation, and photographing it. My practice is dynamic and full of experimentation.