Flinders Street Gallery Sydney, February 2016
These paintings were developed from drawing studies and imagination. Some works depict a specific location and season, and others are a collection of different times, places and memories. They are accumulations of experiences and imaginings.
Here/Not Here refers to the subject matter being both real and invented, and painted in a different location to where the drawing studies were made. It also alludes to the sense of disassociation one can feel when living in a different culture.
These works attempt to evoke “the imperturbable nature of foliage” , as well as Japan’s distinct and rapidly changing seasons. Living in Tokyo has changed my attitude towards nature. The density of the city forces one to contemplate the natural environment via its absence. This evokes Ridley Scott’s vision in Bladerunner, where nature exists only in dreams, or in memories that may or may not be real.
 Smith, A How to be Both. Hamish Hamilton, London, 2014.