Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a Sydney based artist focused on intricate large scale ink drawings. A current PhD candidate in drawing at the University of New South Wales Art and Design. He is also a Masters of Fine Arts research graduate,  First Class Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts and Arts graduate of UNSW Art and Design. His practice integrates highly detailed drawing, etching and animation with cartographic conventions and psychology to create narratives. His work has been collected by the State Library of NSW and University of Sydney. His work has also won several awards in Sydney, including the Tim Olsen Drawing prize 2013 and the GBK award 2012. Jeremy’s work has been exhibited in multiple shows in Sydney and most recently in Tokyo.


Mapping Hidden Worlds

As an artist, I’ve always been fascinated by the way in which every map tells a story.

There is no such thing as the objective map. Every cartographic endeavour seeks to map out a kind of ‘truth’ or story whilst leaving out other ‘truths’ or stories. Maps can be read as elaborate narratives.

Maps can tell dark stories making real the fictions of empires, charting conquest and subjugation. However they can also be used to tell positive stories.

In my art practice I seek to map and therefore reveal the historically hidden positive world of, my LGBTQI+ community. Subverting conventions of cartography to create subjective psycho-geographic maps of the psychological, real and imagined spaces within the LGBTQI+ community.

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