My name is Ariel Smith.  I am an award-winning filmmaker and video artist.  I
    have been creating independent works since 2001. Many of my works have
    shown at festivals and galleries both in Canada and internationally including;
    Images (Toronto, Ontario), Inside Out Film Festival (Toronto, Ontario), Mix
    Experimental Film Festival (NYC), Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal,
    Québec).  I have shown in galleries such as; WARC Gallery (Toronto,
    Ontario), Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario),  MAI (Montreal, Québec),
    Cold Creation Gallery (Barcelona, Spain).  
    I am largely self taught but also learned my craft by becoming heavily
    involved in various artist run centres and film/video coops across the country
    from a young age.  My socialization as a girl, and as a survivor has
    influenced how I see most everything in the world—men, women,
    relationships, economics, race, class, social hierarchies, feminism, the law—
    and it has especially influenced my art. My experiences with difference and
    marginalization have formed the basis for much of my film and video work.
    My works are often inspired by what I see as the “everyday horrors” of being
    a girl.  As an artist I am compelled to use both surrealism and expressionist
    aesthetics reminiscent of classic horror genre to explore the often-terrifying
    reality of growing up female.  These are the things that scare me the most;
    these are the things that really do go bump in the night.  I would describe my
    work as darkly humorous, disturbing, visceral and unapologetically feminist.  
    My film and video works are anti-essentialist, tongue-in-cheek commentaries
    on the social construction of gender roles and the manifested performances
    in which they result.  Images and signifiers of innocence and archetypical
    girlhood are contrasted and warped by dark, ominous settings and
    aesthetics.  Symbolic representations of longing, inadequacy and the
    internalized pressures a patriarchal society forces upon women are examined
    and subverted.
     My work is often highly stylized.   I love to engage in the realm of the
    imagination, creating visually captivating, surrealist environments in which my
    experimental narratives unfold.  I have been highly influenced by German
    expressionism as well as by other contemporary filmmakers who reference
    this movement in their work such as Canadian auteur Guy Madden.
    In my artistic practice I enjoy working with both film and video as mediums of
    expression.
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Ariel Smith
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