Jasmin Smith, ‘Contemplating Grief’, 2021. Charcoal on paper and audio-reactive point cloud projection. 148cm x 120cm. Image courtesy: the artist. 

Artist statement

‘Contemplating Grief’ is a charcoal self-portrait overlayed with a projection of an audio-reactive point cloud. Lidar scans were collected from the natural environment and digitally animated to respond to the sound of ocean waves and a heart rate monitor. Echoing my experience of grieving the loss of a sister, the artwork reflects the perpetual sense of dislocation from physical surroundings in bereavement. Dissipating memories of the past invade and overshadow the present, de-linearising one’s perception of time within a world that enduringly moves forward around you. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.