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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

What A Steamy Little Bee Hive

William Smith, What A Steamy Little Bee Hive
colored pencil on paper, 20" x 48" 2009

Artist Statement

The act of drawing is not only cathartic. It allows me to ponder, struggle with and make sense of the things that trouble me as well as make me laugh. Partially inspired by a documentary on the Wobblies (an American labor movement of 1905), this drawing represents my ruminations on the issues of the day both personal and political. Although much of my imagery is culled from the darker, more conflicted side of human nature, my fascination is not so much with perilous and negative behavior as much as the ensuing comedic and all too often absurd consequences of our actions.

Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is two fold. First, promote strong observational and technical skills founded on a disciplined work ethic. Second, develop the thematic and conceptual aspects of art making inspired by the other arts of music, literature and film as well as a thorough understanding of historical and contemporary artists and practices. I stress the point of interpreting one’s subjects as opposed to translating or copying them. The idea being to internalize one’s subject and present it in a visual language that is both personal and individual.

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