We are delighted to announce that Bridget Smith will be the Swedenborg Society’s artist in residence for 2015-16. Bridget is a London-based artist working in film and photography. She has exhibited internationally, featuring in public collections in Austria, Spain, Mexico, the USA and has work in numerous UK collections including the V&A and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Bridget has also worked previously with the Swedenborg Society. In 2010 she participated in our bicentenary exhibition Fourteen Interventions and was subsequently invited to screen her film Killing Time at the 2011 Swedenborg Short Film Festival. She also featured Swedenborg Hall in her 2007 book Society.
Much of Bridget’s work deals with notions of ‘place’ and ‘presence’, and many of the spaces she documents depict empty interiors and places of refuge. Her still photography, shot with a medium format camera, has been described as depicting ‘worlds within worlds’ and of resonating ‘stillness and intimacy’. She has filmed in locations as diverse as the desert city of Las Vegas, the seaside town of Southend, and Tokomaru Bay, a small town on the remote eastern cape of the North Island of New Zealand.
Over the coming months we are very much looking forward to working with Bridget and are excited about the work she will produce. At the end of her residency her work will be displayed in Swedenborg Hall, with more details being released closer to the time.
Bridget is represented by Frith Street Gallery in London and links to her work can be found here:
Frith Street Gallery: http://www.frithstreetgallery.com/artists/bio/bridget_smith
and Focal Point Gallery: http://www.focalpoint.org.uk/archive/exhibitions/57/