“Southern Reach”, 2018 | Ryan Smith
Ryan's practice utilises image-based media to exaggerate aspects of the everyday. With a documentary approach, the work makes strong reference to portraiture, in the form of both the human body and the structure of utility. The subject of focus varies from the representation of social issues, an interrogation of the object within art, and the photographs ability to re-contextualise. The intention of the work originates from personal experience, in the form of nostalgia or observation. With an objective process towards documentation, his recent work avoids dignifying or critiquing aspects of the social and political sphere, and instead the subject is re-presented in a stripped back aesthetic. This enables the preconceptions of the reader to associate interpretation, creating meaning in the work.
We spoke to Ryan about his series 'Southern Reach'.