Jessica Smith is an artist/scholar whose creative work is informed by research on the social and political roles of pattern in western culture, with particular interest in 19th century decorative arts. Smith’s installations have been exhibited across the country at Design Miami, Copper Hewitt, the Walker Art Center and Sheldon Museum of Art among other sites. Published reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, The Times (London), I.D. Magazine, and American Craft. She is currently curating an exhibition and writing a book with anthropologist Susan Falls; their project explores ongoing relationships between race, labor, gender, and “craft.” Smith teaches fibers at at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Susan Falls is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on material culture, semiotics and political economy. Interested in exploring how ideology is reflected in the production, circulation, meanings and use of material culture, Falls has worked with diamonds, public art, ikat silk, demolition derbies. She is the author of Clarity Cut and Culture: The Many Meanings of Diamonds (NYU Press) has recently completed a book, White Gold: Stories of Breast Milk Sharing (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming). The planned exhibition and book with artist/scholar Jessica Smith explores ongoing relationships between class, race, labor, gender, and “craft.” Falls teaches anthropology at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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