Joni Smith builds fictitious worlds using everyday objects. She works mostly with maps, reordering them into new worlds. Before assembling the work Joni devises a set of rules to follow & from then on becomes machine-like in her adherence to them. Decisions are made, but not ones that compromise the rule set.
"The idea becomes a machine that makes the art", Sol LeWitt
The work is labour-intensive, giving the impression of a kind of natural development, where rocks & land are slowly formed, or reformed. As each piece takes shape it is clear to see one world breaking down as the other emerges. Joni sees her practice as a series of quasi-scientific investigations, contrasting installation and paper based work.