Mickey Smith (US/NZ) is a conceptual artist living in New Zealand. As a photographer, her practice has been engaged with a longstanding inquiry into libraries, books and archives — in particular the social significance of their physical existence or disappearance.
Mickey holds a BA in Photography an is an active member of the NFT fine art photography community - she has served as an Obscura mentor and contributor, First Generation Foundry Artist, LA billboard artist, is a member of the RAW DAO, and served as a curator for the NFTPhotographer.xyz platform. Her open studio channel is hosted on the Assembly discord.
Mickey is represented by Sanderson Contemporary in New Zealand and CLAMP in New York.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
NFT Recognition + Community Contributions
First Generation Foundry Commission, Obscura
Contributor, Imag3Aid for Ukraine
Collected by RAW DAO + Jenny Metaverse DAO
Los Angeles Billboard Artist, TBC Billboards + Obscura
Contributor + Community Commission Mentor, Obscura
Exhibitions: FRAME 11, 50mm Collective, Ethereans Gallery
Open Studio, Assembly Curated
Awards + Residencies
Creative New Zealand Grantee 2016, 2017
Public Art Year in Review Project Winner 2010
PV Studio Residency, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2010
LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantee 2009
Permanent Commission Recipient, University of Florida 2009
CEC Artslink Grantee 2008
Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums, Back Apartment Residency 2008
Society for Contemporary Photography 2007
FORECAST Public Artworks Public Art Affairs Grantee 2007
McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Photography 2006
Oberholtzer Foundation, Mallard Island, MN 1994-2004, 2007
As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific, Published by Te Tuhi, NZ, 2017
Denudation, Published by Hassla, NY, 2012
For two decades, I have photographed books in libraries. They aren’t touched, artificially lit or manipulated. Bound by a librarian, found in the stacks, they are documented as left by the last reader. In libraries worldwide, these volumes are being deaccessioned, making them a rarity in the physical world.
Included in my NFT Genesis collection, Library of Obsolescence, are seven iconic magazine titles of the 20th century, creating an assembly of cultural archives lost. Each NFT is part of a triptych of the same title, and collectively all three create a set that will be brought together and disbursed along the blockchain, referencing their movement in the physical world. The Library of Obsolescence presents a shift in cultural values; the spines are mantras of particular moments in our history and take on new meaning as repositories for the future.
On Foundation, Volume is a collection rare titles, each journal photographed as found on the library shelf — books judged entirely by their covers. Slipping the library to the blockchain, this collection was curated with a playful hat tip to the NFT space in mind — reflecting on the pace, politics and people within our community.
The TIME & AGAIN collection explores the passage of time, grief and preservation of memory through the visual metaphor of the library. This collection was one of the first photography commissions created for the blockchain, commissioned by Obscura.io as part of their Season One Foundry Commission in 2021/2022.
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