Garden, 2010. Glazed earthenware with china paint decals, steel, wood, and backlit photomontages, 132 x 96 x 168 in.

Nan Smith: Symbols of Devastation

Nan Smith is an ambitious artist. Over the years, she has increased her command of the ceramic medium, extended her range of techniques and media, and set herself more demanding goals. A full professor in the ceramics program at the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History, she has also served as head of the department. Since 2010, she has drawn attention to how human activities have damaged functioning ecosystems. Relying primarily on ceramic material and techniques, she also incorporates photography to document environmental narratives.…see the entire article in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.