Offering 1/3

More Works By P. Roch Smith Bronze and Wood 2023
12 × 9.25 × 5.75 in 30.48 × 23.5 × 14.61 cm

About Offering 1/3

Roch Smith is known for his imaginative and playful sculptures. The Canadian artist has created a series of table-top pieces that feature the iconic symbol of a canoe. This bronze piece depicts a man, casually dressed in sneakers holding a small canoe in front of his body, as if making an offering. The symbol of the canoe is quintessentially Canadian as it speaks to our collective history as a nation from the first peoples who lived here—indigenous communities to early settlers and explorers.

“I am merely adequate in a canoe but it is so fundamental to a slice of Canadian experience that it seems organic to use in some of my work.” 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.