Toronto artist Roch Smith’s creative and symbolic use of toys is much more than just child’s play. Cast in bronze, toy figures are often used to interpret meaningful messages about life. This piece features a skateboarder, arms wide, legs braced for a jump, wearing a ball cap standing in the middle of a bent longboard that rests on two cylinders. The figure is bronze, the steel board is painted a fun bright green. Does he make that hard landing?
“I am pulled into the playfulness of using materials in the studio much like when I was a kid, always searching for one object that could be turned into or used as another. The genesis of so many solutions is centered in creative play.” Roch Smith
He received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). A teacher as well as an artist, he has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. He currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. Roch Smith has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US. His work is included in private, corporate and museum collections.