Moreland City Council


Malleability navigates the complexities of living with a disability.


Event Details



Event Starts

Jul 30, 2022

Event Ends

Sep 11, 2022


Counihan Gallery


233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick

Mark Smith’s works navigate the complexities of living with a disability. His early work deals with the physicality of the body and how it relates to the human condition. For Smith, the body becomes a non-negotiable starting point for existence.

Smith’s text-based soft sculptures and ceramics put emotional responses into words. The works are philosophical propositions that reflect on his state of being. Smith enjoys playing with words and a recent work called Always look on the bright side of life is typical of Mark’s attitude to life. The soft sculptures are visceral and textured. They incorporate stuffing, threads, and rich fabrics to create a malleable form. Making soft sculptures is a slow process. The works therefor reflect ‘a quality of being’ and the capacity to be ‘shaped or extended’.

‘Malleability’ includes soft sculptures, ceramics, mixed-media paintings, photography and video.

Mark Smith is an Arts Project Australia artist.

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