Austin artist Shawn Smith specializes in sculptures and multi-piece installations. His works have been displayed in public spaces and galleries in the U.S. and Europe.
Smith often uses his work as a platform for social commentary, with references to society’s dependence on digital media, species extinction, alienation, and the Anthropocene. Considered the unofficial geologic time period, the Anthropocene is defined as “being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that the earth's system processes are now altered by humans."
Born in Dallas, Smith attended Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied lithography and etching under printmaking master, Peter Marcus. Smith discovered that he liked the detail work and the process of printmaking and the physical property of sculpture. “I received lots of encouragement to be experimental,” he says. Upon graduation, he moved to the Bay area. Smith received his MFA in sculpture from the California College of Art. He and his wife returned to Texas 11 years ago.