Mariana Smith

Stockton University Assistant Professor Mariana Smith received a BFA in fine art and miniature painting from Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Arts in Moscow, Russia. After immigrating to the USA in 1992, she received a BFA with an emphasis on printmaking from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus OH, and an MFA from the Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  

In her studio, Mariana Smith combines printmaking, miniature painting, and digital video installations. Her works address the nature of immigrant dislocations.  

Smith’s works have been exhibited in the USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Russia, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Guam, and Armenia, and were displayed at the State of Ohio Governor’s Mansion in Columbus, Ohio.  

Her works are included in several private collections and in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Kennesaw State University, GA; Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX; Xi’an Fine Art Academy, China. 

Currently, she is collaborating with the multimedia artists and scholars from the USA, Colombia, Armenia, Germany, and Greece on a series of international exhibitions and lectures connecting contemporary art and the global migrant and the refugee crisis..

My studio practice addresses the nature of immigrant dislocations through the medium of printmaking, miniature painting, and video installation 

These works explore an immigrant’s response to the unrealized dream of a homeland. Large-scale drawings and video projections read as the fragmented collections of memories. The renaissance one-point perspective and picture plane/window metaphors act as systematic, idealized space. Upon closer inspection, the work’s emphasis shifts from personal nostalgic narratives to the dislocations of the formal where academic mark-making and renaissance picture plane contrast the postmodern, sculptural space.  

While prints can be seen as decidedly medieval, contemporary printmaking can and does function as a creative nexus for disciplines as diverse as video, painting, and installation.