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Introduction

Anne C. Smith (b. 1985, Syracuse, NY) is an artist based in Washington, DC who examines concepts of landscape, memory, and home through drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. A Point of Longing features a new series of silkscreen monoprints that explore the intersection of landscapes — the physical as experienced looking through a window and those that occur in the mind, reflecting internal and external tension. The featured works allude to the deep uncertainty of current events, while calming hues create a space of rest, filled with hope, peace, and the longing of connection.

Tephra ICA at Signature, located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, VA, is an innovative satellite gallery presenting a year-round schedule of exhibitions featuring local artists selected by Tephra ICA's curatorial staff. COVID-19 Precautions: For the health and well-being of everyone in our community, access in the Signature building is limited to residents only. All apartment tours require an appointment.

Installation Views

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Installation view of Anne C. Smith exhibition
Installation view of Anne C. Smith exhibition

“I am interested in the relationship between landscape and imagination. What a strange thing it is to me, that a place exists in the world with certain measurable dimensions, and yet exists just as much in one’s mind. In that dark space, it takes on new shape and proportions as it becomes embedded with memory."

"As a kid, I would stare out my bedroom window at night, looking across the street toward a playground and a big, wide open field. Steeped in darkness, it transformed into a new kind of field, open to any possibility, fillable with any wondering. My memory of this was not far from my mind when I made these silkscreen monoprints. Each one is a not-quite reflection of the others, a link in a pattern that shifts with each iteration. Each one contains a far-off horizon, a point of longing."

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A Point of Longing 8, 2020

"As I finished these prints, the world officially tipped into a pandemic. These circumstances bring up incredible challenges, including the need to spend most of the time at home, apart from extended family or friends, not knowing when the distance will be broken with an embrace. People everywhere are facing an uneasy tension between inside and outside. Staring out a window can be a reminder of that tension. But it also contains, at the same time: hope, peace, and a reminder of what we long for.“

Bio

A Point of Longing 5, 2020

Biography

Smith is a Teaching Artist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and is the Master Printmaker on a large-scale silkscreen book project with Navigation Press at George Mason University. She studied silkscreen printmaking with Master Printmaker Lou Stovall, for whom she was a studio assistant for several years. She has completed artist residencies with Artist Mother Studio at Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA; and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Smith is represented by Adah Rose Gallery.

The signed and numbered prints are floated behind plexiglass in wooden whitewashed custom frames generously provided by Broadway Gallery. All works are available for purchase through Tephra ICA. For more details and purchase inquiries, please visit the Exhibition Checklist below.

Exhibition Checklist

Selected Works

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A Point of Longing 1, 2020

A Point of Longing 1, 2020

A Point of Longing 2, 2020

A Point of Longing 2, 2020

A Point of Longing 3, 2020

A Point of Longing 3, 2020

A Point of Longing 4, 2020

A Point of Longing 4, 2020

A Point of Longing 5, 2020

A Point of Longing 5, 2020

A Point of Longing 6, 2020

A Point of Longing 6, 2020

A Point of Longing 7, 2020

A Point of Longing 7, 2020

A Point of Longing 8, 2020

A Point of Longing 8, 2020

A Point of Longing 9, 2020

A Point of Longing 9, 2020

A Point of Longing 1, 2020

A Point of Longing 1, 2020

A Point of Longing 2, 2020

A Point of Longing 2, 2020

A Point of Longing 3, 2020

A Point of Longing 3, 2020

A Point of Longing 4, 2020

A Point of Longing 4, 2020

A Point of Longing 5, 2020

A Point of Longing 5, 2020

A Point of Longing 6, 2020

A Point of Longing 6, 2020

A Point of Longing 7, 2020

A Point of Longing 7, 2020

A Point of Longing 8, 2020

A Point of Longing 8, 2020

A Point of Longing 9, 2020

A Point of Longing 9, 2020

Videos

Artist Talk: Anne C. Smith

Artist Talk: Anne C. Smith

Peek in the Studio: Anne C. Smith

Peek in the Studio: Anne C. Smith

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