The Contour of Balance

More Works By P. Roch Smith Steel and Bronze 2023
101 × 32 × 40 in 256.54 × 81.28 × 101.6 cm

About The Contour of Balance

As a sculptor, Roch Smith often interprets the big questions in life in imaginative and playful ways. The Toronto artist is known for his use of toys –familiar childhood images that often symbolize profound thoughts. This outdoor sculpture rendered in steel and bronze portrays a male figure, dressed in a t-shirt and a suit jacket holding a long pole balancing barefoot on a tilted red metal beam. The image is reminiscent of a tightrope walker. Is this a clever comment on the universal quest to find balance in one’s life?

“I am continually drawn to representing moments that are precarious: an object that is just about to topple over; a figure that is straining to keep a much larger object aloft; or an object balanced in a way that strains credulity.” 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.