In Vicky Smith’s most abstract works to date, the body feels very present, as it does so often in her filmmaking. Her techniques for direct mark-making on the film’s surface are astonishing. Tiny white marks fiercely scratched into the black of the raw film-stock, pinpricks, tears and scratches becoming abrasions and bruises suggest physical vulnerability. Things dribbled onto the filmstrip, things scratched into it – the filmstrip, too, is paramount in Vicky’s films.
. Gabriele Jutz has written about Noisy Licking, Dribbling & Spitting in the exhibition booklet for Animating Truths: The Films of Maria Lassnig and Their Context (2019).