On Vicky Smith’s abstract films – by David Curtis

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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.


. Review of The Crafty Animator and Birgitta’s article ‘Made by Hand’ with image from Noisy Licking, Dribbling and Spitting.



. 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).




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