Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Heavy on symbolism and aesthetic appeal, one can appreciate Jerrod Smith’s artwork on many different levels—simply as beautiful arrangements of imagery or as something as deep as a profound dissection of the human condition. These are his ideas about life made manifest.

“It’s my means of communication, so I want to share these views and ideas with other people,” Smith said. “I take my inspiration from my every day life and feel it necessary to project my thoughts by means of my art.”

Smith began to realize that a lot of the ideas he translates into artwork have to do with hope for a promising future—hope for a better society and a growing personal view. Another major theme in his work is “insecurity.”

“Everyone has issues with self image. It’s often not just physical but also how individuals view expressing their thoughts,” Smith said. “My work has evolved into expressing the ideas of self-image and the way people in our world treat each other. We all have the opportunity to express ourselves and do our part to change those things in which we disagree. It is hard to see past being such a small entity, but even the little things we are capable of can be a step to changing those things that should matter most.”

A recurring and age old symbol used in his work is the image of birds. Sometimes they represent thoughts; other times a flock represents a society. When a human figure appears with bird’s wings, the wings’ state of completion indicates where the figure is psychologically. For instance, skeletal wings may indicate that the figure is not secure with his or herself at all.

“If it’s a completely finished wing, it