Nicola Smith will become a human desk where the audience can explore their curiosity by simply sitting, looking, handling items, sharing stories and speaking directly to the artist. Inspired by the artist at work, who not only uses the studio but also spends a lot of their time attached to their desk; in fact most of her time is spent at a desk writing proposals, researching and making. This piece offers a unique insight into her daily practice; the audience can explore their curiosity and explore the artist’s desk by simply looking, handling items, sharing stories and speaking directly to the artist.
Nicola Smith is a visual artist who makes work in response to the context of her surroundings using different mediums such as live art intervention, performance, installation and video. She punctuates situations in public and private spaces by playing ‘host’ and acting out a series of actions. Smith’s actions take on many forms such as public speaking, directing, singing and dancing in order to engage and disrupt the expectations of the audience. These performances happen in semi-public spaces to allow accidental audiences to take part.