Kaitlyn Jo Smith is an artist, adventurer and content creator who is currently living and working in Tucson, Arizona, where she is pursuing her MFA in photography at the University of Arizona. Smith received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Her art often includes found imagery and objects containing themes of nostalgia and a strong longing for home.
Made with the physical earth, each mud print calls into question the meaning of home. Kaitlyn creates a sense of uncommon sentimentality through simultaneously preserving and erasing histories. The photograph allows the viewer to enter the property but never the home.
One of our favorite artists, El Mac, painted in Vietnam last summer, and now, there is a great video chronicling his stay. Viet Nam The World made the video, and noted, “El Mac painted this beautiful mural in front of Sàn Art, an independent artist space, and just outside the offices of The Propeller Group in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. It is based on a photo of Kosoom, the grandmother of El Mac’s girlfriend.
All of the photographs included in this video as well as the footage of motorbikes zooming through the city were taken by El Mac. Part of his process, is documenting different people from different places and selecting a handful to paint on walls around the world. We wanted this video piece to be a reflection of how El Mac saw the world of Viet Nam for the first time, taking it all in, and juxtaposing the fast paced life in the city with this giant portrait that would literally slow people down in admiration as they passed by.”