Skirt 1/3

More Works By P. Roch Smith Bronze and Wood 2023
8.5 × 27 × 4.75 in 21.59 × 68.58 × 12.07 cm

About Skirt 1/3

Pierre Trudeau, a former Canadian Prime Minister and an avid outdoorsman and canoeist once said, “Paddle a hundred miles in a canoe and you are already a child of nature.”

This playful piece by Roch Smith has taken that iconic image and created an imaginative table-top sculpture. Cast in shimmering bronze and mounted on wood, a bearded figure, barefoot and casually dressed, stands in the center of a canoe which appears to act like a skirt. Portaging anyone?

“Balanced and beautifully streamlined (the canoe) allows - in conjunction with the figures - a chance to play with symmetry and composition” 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.