SHAN-17.jpgShanice Smith was born in 1991 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Her mixed-media pieces centre around deconstructing and examining violence, objectification and commodification.

Smith first completed her certificate qualifications in Social Work and Psychology at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, before going on to pursue her bachelor’s in Fine Art at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus.

Her work has been on display at Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain; the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago; Toronto Urban Film Festival; The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados; Caribbean Linked IV, Aruba; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; and The Project Space, Deakin University, Australia to name a few.

Artist Statement:

Shanice’s work explores gender-based issues. She uses “deceptively soft and light pieces” to deconstruct violence faced by women and children in our societies with a focus on the objectification and commodification of women’s bodies, and the role of the media in this process. Through visual re-presentations, Shanice creates awareness by exploring the ‘why’ factor and probing “the things that are hardest to talk about, but in a delicate, and beautiful way.” Her artistic inspiration comes from her own journey of self-discovery—a confrontation of self. And more importantly, from her mother’s battle with her own past and the traumas of that past. The stories of Shanice’s mother not only serve as inspiration and motivation for the current work, but also bring about the transformation of silence into a language of action.