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CWU Art + Design Student Presents ‘Sea-Through’ This Week in Randall Hall

Jaimie Smith's art piece called Light Restoration

Jaimie Smith's artwork, such as "Light Restoration" will be on display in Gallery 231 this week. This 2-foot-by-2-foot-by-2-foot plywood sculpture was created in 2021.


Central Washington University Art + Design student Jaimie Smith will be presenting a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) senior exhibition, “Sea-Through,” this week at Gallery 231 in Randall Hall. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, and is open to the public. 

“Sea-Through” explores the concept of perception, posing the question: “How does being able to look through something change how you perceive it?” Smith opens up the interior space of their sculptures by cutting holes throughout the artwork. The artist encourages the viewer to experience these objects in a different way, gazing into and through the pieces.

“Using a reductive method, I try to express the way that seeing into and through something can give it an entirely different meaning,” Smith said. “When viewing my artworks, you get to peek into the core of the object, invading the privacy of its internal workings.”

Smith works mainly with wood and ceramics to create their organic-looking work, but enjoys exploring any material that can be pierced and cut. They start all their work in the same fashion: a solid object without holes. 

After building up the base material, they remove the unnecessary bulk with methods like carving, drilling, and sanding. Using inspiration from the ocean, and a small protozoa called Radiolaria, Smith cuts away the barrier and pulls the viewer closer in. 

Smith’s artwork already has received two awards: the Gallery One Visual Arts Center Award for Excellence, and the Dick Elliott Fine Arts Award. The senior exhibition was featured earlier this month at the Juried Student Art + Design Exhibit in the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.

“Sea-Through” will be on view through Saturday, May 28. Gallery 231 hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Parking is free in the university lots after 4:30 p.m. 

Media Contact: David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu, 509-963-1518