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Chloe Smith was a Melbourne based textiles artist until her whole household relocated to the South Coast of New South Wales in search of a more sustainable life.
Initially, this bucolic move delivered a mix of self-sufficiency and art practice. That was until the disastrous bushfire season of late 2019 when their new existence was horrifically interrupted. Chloe and her housemates managed to escape the fires twice, but not without losses.
In a previous time when Smith lived in Brunswick, she made soft sculptural work under the name of @imakesoftfood. Her artworks are concerned with elevating the mundane and finding truth and beauty in pasta shapes and ring pull cans; collecting, cataloguing and meticulously sewing her world in an effort to always sweat the small stuff.
Smith never went to art school but once applied for a position giving free sample dim-sims at Chadstone mall. She never received a callback.
Her work has been exhibited throughout Victoria.
Artwork shown here were exhibited at The Boroughs as a part of CraftCubed. These images draw from the rich food heritage in the Moreland area, the legacy of Post War migration that continues to influence food culture today.
These are the last prints from very small limited editions.