Marie Smith (she/they) is a neurodivergent visual artist and writer born, living, and working in London. Smith graduated in 2017 with an MA in History in Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London.
Being a neurodivergent person with dyspraxia and anxiety has informed how they navigate the world. Marie’s practice incorporates audio, digital, and analogue media alongside text as a form of visual language that addresses identity, the body, nature, sustainability, mental health, and well-being.
Marie’s lens-based approach incorporates low-toxic plant, food, or herb-based developers to process their analogue film. Due to this methodology not being transferable to developing colour film, Marie now only works with black and white and camera-less film processes.
Marie has been exploring audio and workshops with collectives to deconstruct and reframe their position in institutional landscapes such as archives, museums, galleries, and nature.
Marie is a member of Women Photograph and Black Women Photographers. Marie is a Lecturer at Kingston University London and has previously lectured at Goldsmiths – University of London, and London College of Communication.
Marie is currently exhibiting her work The Body in Space at Bloc Project as part of their Billboard commission which will be on display until February 2024. Smith has been artists in resident at Horniman Museum and Gardens and at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Smith has exhibited at Peckham 24 in 2021 and their commissions have featured in WIRED US, FT Weekend Magazine, and BJP Portrait Britain n Award in 2021 for their Portrait of Tina from the series Whispering for Help. In 2022, Smith was awarding Single Image winner for the series The Wanderer in the BJP Female in Focus Photography Award. Smith’s book of cyanotypes, Extraction: In Conversation with Anna Atkins was recently acquired by Horniman Museum and Gardens.