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Curios About: In Blue by Derick Smith

In Blue By Derick Smith Acrylic and gesso on board, 30cm x 28cm

1. This work is about . . . the interaction of the paint, as a physical object, with itself. It is intended that the work elicit a response or evoke a feeling which may arouse curiosity and allow the viewer to openly create associations without a specifically defined terminus.

2. I made this work . . . to serve as a framework around which the viewer can momentarily gather and arrange, or scatter and dispossess themselves of, inner images or associations. Through the manipulation of the paint, a sense of form is created, which, when examined closely, tends to fall apart.

3. I hope when people see this work they will . . . see it with both the inner and outer eye, and be given a momentary pause in which to pour their own vision.

4. In terms of art history, this work . . . draws something from the colour palette of neo-impressionism, the formality of abstract expressionism and the aesthetics of contemporary street art.

5. You can see my work . . . at and

Curios [sic] About is a series featuring works by Dublin artists, curated for us by our friends at the Square in the Circle blog, and hosted there as well as here.

Each artist is asked to submit an image of one work and answer a set of questions about it. We’d love it if you’d submit something you’ve made.

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