Artist of the Day / Sandy Smith-Garcés

No pretty ‘decorative’ art here.  I’d like you to read her complete ‘artist statement’:

“I find myself wondering, how free are women today? Centuries ago women could be tortured for speaking out, but continued news of honor killings and violence against women throughout every culture has me questioning if women are any safer today than they were centuries ago. What does it mean that the struggle for control of women’s bodies now comes from both the outside and within? Reports of women being stoned to death, or facing extreme danger while simply trying to provide for their families in refugee camps, has led me to consider my own relative safety as a woman and a mother. How can I reconcile feelings of privilege and vulnerability?”

“The juxtaposition of these medieval instruments of torture, with western proverbs taken from history, are comments on the continued vulnerability of women in the 21st century. Together the proverbs and images underscore mixed messages that women still struggle to reconcile today.”

See the complete ‘statement’ at:






About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Artist of the Day / Sandy Smith-Garcés

  1. Thanks so much Mike for sharing my work. I can’t help but feel we have a shared sensibility, if not in the appearance of the finished work, but in the making of something from nothing. We both find the discarded object, the metal, wire, and glass, or in my case, stones and kindling, and find a way to make something that can be viewed in a new context.

  2. Hi Sandy, I’m glad you like the post. I usually contact my ‘Artist of the Day’ in the evening, but you found it on your own. I really like ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ also, but wanted to focus on the two series with the women’s message. It’s just so powerful!

    I agree about the ‘shared sensibility’, and not just in our art work.


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