In the Green – Wooden Sculpture by Hayley Smith

Hayley Smith


This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.

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This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.  This exceptional selection of wooden sculpture has been curated by John Hill, the exhibition coordinator of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Maple; turned, routed, scorched, painted
  • 12” x 11” x 1.625”
  • This piece will be shipped after the close of the show on September 22, 2019
  • Shipping cost TBD
  • Made in 2019

“I started to explore surface, ironically while making two-dimensional printed images.  I realize now that it was the carving of the wood or linoleum surfaces, rather than the  making of the prints flat image that captivated me. The turned form provides a focus for my expression. The wood contributes its own character (it being not a blank canvas) with which I form a dialogue, creating contrast and balance by manipulating its surface. I select wood that is empathetic to my work. Relatively neutral wood that does not have overwhelming color or grain that could conflict with my design. The wood captures the light and creates visual depth, while the intricate surfaces are intended to draw in the viewer. My pieces are turned and hand routed from one solid piece of wood. Yet my intention is to create an illusion to the contrary. The circle in all its forms within my work, turned and carved, concentric and subdivided, reflects the patterns of our lives and world we live in. Circles within circles. The bowl symbolizing the vessel, the space within.

My wall piece was a departure from my usual palette influenced by the desert canyon-scape I live in. As I reflected on my visits to Asheville, NC, a new palette emerged, “In The Green”.”

Hayley Smith was born in Wales in 1965. Smith started to turn wood in 1989 while at Art school and received her BA (Hons.) degree in Art Education in 1991. Smith made the transition to full-time studio turner upon graduating. In 1998, Smith moved to Bisbee, Arizona, where she still resides today at a mile high in the Mule Mountains of the Sonoran Desert. Smith started exhibiting in 1990, and has undertaken residencies throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Taught in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada and Australia. Her work can be seen in museum collections including The Detroit Institute of Art; The Museum of Art and Design, New York City; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.