BIO

Born in London, UK

Half English, Half French

Lives and works in Salford, Greater Manchester

Chloé Julia Smith graduated from the University of Salford in 2022. Her performance drawing practice thrives in collaboration; her most recent projects include responding to soundscapes mixed live in the space by a musician, and examining the role of performance art as testimony in repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment in collaboration with a PHD student. Her art podcast Born To Create seeks to show the value in art and captures a little bit of inspiration from a new artist in each episode. Recent exhibitions include MADE IT by Short Supply at HOME Gallery, the UOS Degree Show 2022, West Art Collective x Dyke Trash Presents: Sapphic at Antwerp Mansion 2022, the 20:20 Print Exchange in 2021, "Rethink Refund Reboot" printed Exhibition Zine 2021, and "Painted" the Myssfit All-Ternative Magazine, Issue #24, in 2020. She also performed live in the digital performance laboratory in Media City for Programme Day in 2022.

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CV

Education:

2019-22 BA(hons) Fine Art, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

2016-17 BA(hons) Stage Management, Birmingham City University, UK

 

Group Exhibitions:

2022: MADE IT, HOME Gallery, UK, Manchester

2022: University of Salford Degree Show, New Adelphi studios, UK

2022: West Art Collective x Dyke Trash Presents: Sapphic, Antwerp Mansion, screen print and live performance, UK, Manchester

2022: Programme day, DPL Media City, 5 rhythm wave collaborative performance with Lauren Chapman

2022: West Art Collective x Reset The System, Antwerp Mansion, UK, Manchester

2021: 20:20 Print Exchange

2021: Rethink Refund Reboot, Exhibition Zine

2021: Windows of Opportunity, The Haworth Charitable Trust Life Class. - Online Exhibition

2020: Painted, Myssfit All-Ternative Magazine, Issue #24

Chloé's primary medium is performance drawing that incorporates dance and sound; they respond to music, avant-garde soundtracks, or even spoken word to explore internal processing in relation to external automatic expression through physical movement, making visible their inner most sensations and impulses.

 

The idea is that the use of mark making can influence the way a movement develops; however, they are also fascinated by how music and dance can manipulate the impulses to draw. Each line they draw is layered with a different intensity and history and remains as a record of the moment during which it was traced. These marks remain after the event and the drawings contain the temporal markers of a body.

 

They focus on being present in a space and use the connection of their feet on the paper to ground their dissociative neuro-divergent mind into the present moment, using the process as a form of meditation and therapy for their body, thus turning the drawings into a writing of time.

Links:

2021: Project Manager and Exhibiting Artist for the 'RETHINK. REFUND. REBOOT.’ zine exhibition at the University of Salford -  https://issuu.com/rethinkrefundreboot/docs/rethinkrefundreboot

2021: WOO - Haworth Charitable Trust Life Class Exhibition successful submission of life drawing sketch with pro-marker -

https://blogs.salford.ac.uk/windows-of-opportunity/events-and-exhibitions/life-class-award-2021/

2020: MYSSFIT ALL-TERNATIVE MAGAZINE | June 2020 Painted| ISSUE #24, artwork published p.40-41- 

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1801104

PHOTO BY EVE FOXALL