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Molly Smith, Seasoned, 2015, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on paper, wood, 12' × 12' × 1' 8".

Molly Smith

Kate Werble Gallery

Molly Smith, Seasoned, 2015, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on paper, wood, 12' × 12' × 1' 8".

While the claim to have merged art and life is a perennial and universal cliché, it rarely holds water, functioning more often as a highfalutin excuse for doing nothing much. But when a change in an artist’s practical circumstances—whether planned or accidental—forces her creative practice and day-to-day routine into closer-than-usual proximity, the results can prove serendipitously engaging. On the evidence of Molly Smith’s recent exhibition “Hours,” this holds true in the relocation of the artist and her partner to rural western Massachusetts in the spring of 2013. The move left Smith without a studio while the couple dismantled an extant house and used local natural materials to build their own. And though the fact that they had thirty-one acres to play with doesn’t exactly suggest hardship, the disruption of their established routines is easy to imagine.

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