Tom Smith

Region: Northeast


City / State: New York City, NY

 My paintings are about how we view life through the filters of our beliefs, where we come from, and how we see ourselves. Recently, I’ve taken these filters and applied them to the body and sexuality. I explore these subjects by creating two paintings in opposing colors. The two images are sliced into tiny strips and combined on a panel. This technique results in a vibrating distortion of the image and appears like a digital screen. Through pictures, I’m exploring how we understand and relate to our realities and our fantasies. For me, the paintings transform privacy, perversity, and shame into something playful and beautiful.