Untitled, Acrylic, spray paint, glue, and rhinestones on salvaged packing material, 8" x 8", 2016

Vero Rose Smith is a photographer, painter, and designer currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. Her recent work has focused on collective memory, the intersection of humanity and environment, and social justice. She is the Assistant Curator for the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.


Sometimes monstrous and sometimes serene, these tiny works are primarily concerned with the physicality of paint and the immediacy of presumed refuse. Constructed of found packing materials stapled to wooden stretcher bars, gravity melded acrylic with the spray paint, neon with gold.  How can personal trash (figurative and literal) be transformed into something useful? Well, if not exactly useful, what about beautiful? Can beauty be adequate redemption from the horrors of history repeated? Cycles repeat, written in words and blood and glitter, and sometimes the glitter is what sticks.

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