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Tiffany K. Smith

Multidisciplinary
School Shooting (December 22, 1881)
School Shooting (December 22, 1881)

2021, Oil pastel and chalkboard paint on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

$600

NFS

2021, Oil pastel and chalkboard paint on canvas, 30 x 40 in.
School Shooting (December 22, 1881)

2021, Oil pastel and chalkboard paint on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

$ 600.00 USD

NFS

Teacher Representation #5 (Freedom Writers)
Teacher Representation #5 (Freedom Writers)

2021, Pencil on tracing paper, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

$450

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Teacher Representation #2 (Stand and Deliver)
Teacher Representation #2 (Stand and Deliver)

2021, Pencil on tracing paper7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

$450

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Barricade
Barricade

2021, Digital collage on paper, 5 x 7 in.

$350

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Board of Education
Board of Education

2020Wood14 x 6 x 1 in.

$350

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School Shooting (March 6, 1884)
School Shooting (March 6, 1884)

2021, Oil pastel and chalkboard paint on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

$600

Available in-studio and in online shop

School Shooting (December 22, 1881)
School Shooting (December 22, 1881)

2021, Oil pastel and chalkboard paint on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

$600

Available in-studio and in online shop

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Tiffany K. Smith

About the Artist

I’m a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles living and working in Austin, Texas. Upon graduating with my B.A. in Art from UCLA, my practice primarily focused on exploring isolation and anxiety through performance and installation. My work has been shown around Los Angeles with shows at California State University, Long Beach and UCLA. During this time I was also working in a more institutional setting (Blum and Poe, Los Angeles) and working at a local non-profit (Side Streets Projects) teaching art. Working directly with my community to help children foster their creativity allowed me to reimagine what my practice could be. In 2014, I left the gallery and pursued a Masters of Education from UCLA with a focus on social justice. As a middle and high school history teacher over the last 5 years, I’ve infused art into my daily lessons and helped young people understand the intersection and role it plays in history, politics, and their daily lives. My time as a teacher helped reinvigorate my now full-time practice and allowed me to further explore the connection points between power, authority, and what it means to be seen as a protector in modern American society.

Artist Statement

I make collages, paintings, drawings, and other objects about American education, history, and the trauma intertwined between them. My art explores a wide range of topics from questioning the tropes of teachers in popular culture, to the history of school violence in America, along with how my personal experiences as an educator have shaped my views around the interplay between caretaker and authority figure. I use recognizable classroom materials, like chalkboard paint and bulletin board letters to help ground viewers in the everyday position of students and educators whose perspectives are often overlooked and dismissed. Some questions I ask when making my art are: How do representations of teachers in popular culture shape Americans’ perceptions of them? What are the teacher’s roles as an authority figure and protector? How can we use history to contextualize the crises we are facing currently in the American education system? What does trauma in schools look like today, and why is it so pervasive in our history?

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