Patty Carmody Smith

Patty Carmody Smith

I love to combine materials and techniques; this makes mixed media a perfect fit for expressing my artistic vision. There are unlimited ways to combine media and my willingness to explore a variety of these keeps me excited about my work. I find myself enthusiastic about spending time in my studio where I feel propelled by momentum from previous bodies of work.

My style relies equally on intuition and discipline. When I have an idea, I do my best to figure out how to realize it and expand my skill set as necessary. This approach enables me to embrace both the fun and the tedious aspects of being a working artist. Carving styrofoam, cutting glass, searching for the perfect adhesive or substrate is balanced by meditative hours deeply involved in creating.

I developed my sculptural process in order to make figures that would stand without bases. For the armatures, I carve styrofoam and fill it with a core of plaster and sand for weight. The carved form is covered with papier mache and then receives a final layer of air-drying clay. Patina is achieved with acrylic paint and wax. I sometimes cover the painted surfaces with glass mosaic.