At a shockingly early age, females are taught to think of themselves as presentational objects. This includes dressing up, wearing makeup, smiling and modifying their behavior to meet the emotional needs of other people.
With so much expectation and commentary directed toward young girls and young women, it can be a struggle to find a sense of oneself, especially as the trappings of technology increasingly limit the amount of time one truly spends entirely alone.
These and other themes run through the solo exhibition “Constructs of Romantic Discord” by emerging artist Torri Smith. The exhibit at Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology is the first solo show for Detroit-based Smith, a young practitioner who divides her time between work for a commercial architecture firm and her passion for painting.