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March-April 2015

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“Geode” Artist Paige Smith (b. 1982)

Paige Smith's art, which features geodes, reminds me of the game rock-paper-scissors because she utilizes those three items in her art: inspiration comes from the rock, and scissors and paper create the “crystals” that line the geode's walls. Thus, instead of being naturally formed, they are made of masses of individually constructed paper points that are then spray painted to resemble real geodes. Smith, who lives in Los Angeles, exhibits her brightly colored geodes in public areas wherever she can find outdoor spaces: building facades, stone walls, and no-longer-used outdoor objects, among other places. Her geodes present a colorful surprise to people as they stroll by and see a captivating geode filling a hollow space in an unexpected location.

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