Joni Smith

Joni Smith builds fictitious worlds using everyday objects. She works with maps and atlases, cutting into them, reordering them into new configurations.

The corruption of such authoritative information as a map is a provocative act taken still further by assembling the work following a new set of simple rules Joni Smith applies to each reconstruction. Decisions are made, the usual divisions between land and sea break up, but these momentous reorganisations will not compromise the rule set she employs.
Through her intensive cutting or weaving process, as each piece takes shape there is an equilibrium reached that occurs, as one world described with the certainty that mapping brings, breaks down, and another parallel one following Joni's corrupting influence emerges, bringing with it its own conceptual logic. She reappraises the value of topographic information in relation to land forms, reassigning that information in each new configuration.