Seton Smith's fame as an artist seemed like a foregone conclusion. Daughter of world-renowned sculptor Tony Smith, Seton and her sister Kiki grew up in their father's studio, helping him create geometric forms and small-scale models from an early age. The daughters would both have their first solo exhibitions in 1980, coincidentally, the year their father died.
While her sister has worked with a number of different media, Seton has continued to explore her unique method of photography. Using the Cibachrome method of printing, a process in which the color pigments are built into the paper rather than on the surface, Seton's fade resistant prints exhibit distinct colors with a glistening surface. She generally photographs everyday objects such as lamps, bowls and chairs, as well as specific elements in nature, like a solitary tree or bush. In 2000 Seton completed her first works in the medium of photogravure. These prints reflect her photography with their soft focus and flickering quality of light. Seton’s work is intentionally difficult to decipher upon first glance. For this reason, her images are open to wide range of interpretation as they draw upon the individual memory of each viewer.
Ms. Smith’s work is in the collections of the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum, L.A.; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Maison Europene de la Photographie, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Mamco, Geneve; West Collection at SEI, PA, Paris; Readers Digest, New York; Lhoist Collection, Brussels, Belgium; Refco Group Limited, New York; Linc Corporation, Chicago, San Francisco; Flieisher, Fried, Frank, Harris, Jacobson, New York.