Reli Smith was born in 1966. She is living and working in Tel-Aviv.
Smith is asculptor and designer.
She is a Fine Arts graduate from “Basis School”(1998).
She also studied at in the Sculpture Department at the Avni Institute of Art and Design (1993).
Earlier on, she studied privately under some notable leading Israeli artists.
Her works combine traditional materials and techniques with Contemporary Art
and Design influences.
Her recent work includes mainly clay sculptures that she creates with the Kiln method,
Raku and Post Raku pottery-making techniques.
Beforehand, her focus was sculpting from stone and casting from a range of fine metals.
Her works depict organic motifs and human portraits in combination with imagery that is inspired by various contemporary art styles. Amongst these forms and shapes, one can
see imagery that is derived from the world of childhood and play.
In her earlier works, Smith was preoccupied with superimposing calligraphy onto
three-dimensional works in the form of bronze, aluminium and iron casts.
My earliest works reflect a strong traditional classical artistic influence.
It was expressed through my conceptual content and my choices of raw materials.
I believe that in order to develop artistically, one must have a traditional figurative, realistic art education as a foundation from which he/she can emerge and pursue more abstract directions. Over the years I became focused on mastering a special ceramic sculpture and design technique which combines figurative imagery with abstract gestures, shapes and forms.
My recent work deals with an ongoing interest in the combining 'Controlled' formalistic elements of the sculptural object with coloristic and textural gestures and images that are superimposed on the external surface of the object.These colors, shapes and textures are a byproduct of the 'Lack ofcontrol', resulting from the application of different firing methods.
The firing technique involves two methods, one being the 'Post Raku'. This process begins with an initial firing of the object that is followed by coating its outer surface with a special glaze. The object is then fired again inside a barrel or a 'Raku' kiln that contains a natural rampant flame similar to that of a bonfire. After the second firing process, a layer from the transformed object chips off and one remains with
a different texture and monochromatic palette. The result is an abstract painting
on a three-dimensional sculptural surface.
The other technique involves 'Freestyle' firing in a bonfire. Here too, the process begins with designing the shape of the object. It undergoes the 'Bisque' firing process (in a kiln) and is then fired again in a barrel that containins a bonfire, a kind of primitive oven, that yields an 'Uncontrolled' palette and surface, 'Surprises' for me, the artist. This interplay between the ability to control the form and the inability to control its external surface creates an interesting tension and a variety of unique objects.
Born in 1966. Lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
Sculptor and Designer at Private Studio in Arsuf , Israel.
1999 – 2000 Continuing Education Program with specialization in Sculpture at
“Basis School”, Beit Yanai, Israel.
1994 – 1998 Fine Arts program with specialization in Sculpture at “Basis School”,
Beit Yanai, Israel.
1991 – 1993 Fine Arts Studies at the “Avni Institute of Art and Design”, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1990 Privately studied a variety of Artistic techniques under a number of
leading Israeli Artists.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 - The Israeli Art Exhibition supporting the Organization for the Fight against AIDS, Curator: Lee-Mor Khoen.
2015 - "Homeland Scenery", Herzliya City Gallery. Curator: Rachel Ziv
2015 - Art About Gallery, Cuartor: Lee-Mor Khoen.
2014 - "Bread and Roses", Kastiel AS IS, Tel Aviv – Jaffa.
2004 - "FIDEM 2004 - The International Art Medals Exhibition and Congress", Portugal.
2003 - "The Third International Biennale of Contemporary Art Medals", Portugal.
2002 - "FIDEM 2002 - The International Art Medals Exhibition and Congress",
Le Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France.
2002 - "Masaccio 600 - International Art Medal Competition”, Israel.
2001 - "The Second International Biennale of Contemporary Art Medals", Seixal, Portugal.
2000 - "FIDEM 2000 - The International Art Medals Exhibition and Congress", Goethe National Museum, Weimar, Germany.
2000 - "Hands", Amot Mishpat House, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1998 - "At Times I See Myself From Afar", Three Person Exhibition,
Horace Richter Gallery, Jaffa, Israel.
1998 - "The Feminine Power", Yadaim Gallery, Jaffa, Israel.
Awards & Prizes
2002 - Prize winner at the "Masaccio International Art Medal Competition”,
courtesy of the Israeli ministry of culture and sport, Israel.