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Yvette Kaiser Smith

Chicago, IL

"I create wall-based geometric abstractions by inventing systems for visualizing numerical values. Known for my crocheted fiberglass work, I recently began working with laser-cut acrylic."
A full-time artist since receiving an MFA in 1994 from University of Chicago, I have exhibited extensively at regional museums, art centers, and university galleries throughout the United States. Exhibitions abroad include: U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Ankara, and Abuja; alternative galleries in London, Rome, Berlin, and Jena Germany; and National Museum of China in Beijing. I have worked with art consulting firms, galleries, and individual clients to create site-specific commissions since 2005. Recent commissions include: Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; and Facebook Chicago offices. Majority of my past works are wall-based, crocheted fiberglass constructions. In 1996, when these things began, they were based on identity narratives. Number sequences made their way in as design necessity to deal with space and time issues. I realized then that numbers are in all aspects of identity. Since 2007, all my work has been number generated. Still, for some years after, the identity stuff was part of the decision making. Now, the only conscious source of abstraction are the numbers. In 2016, I was introduced to a laser cutter and have since focused on developing a body of work using laser-cut acrylic sheets separated by vinyl spacers.
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