In the exhibition “For Always,” Lance L. Smith highlights a conversation with the memories of his mother. Aided by a few photographs, Smith works to fill in the inevitable gaps and builds a narrative. He uses repetition and the details of personal adornment combined with parallels to his own body and experience to do so.
Working with diverse media—oils, canvas, charcoal, and paper, the soft focus of Smith’s images evoke the haze that often accompany our memories. Ultimately, he presents us with a visual archive that is self-consciously as much a dream as it is an attempt to document reality.