This is a photograph of books spines that say FORM.

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Mickey Smith (b. Duluth, Minnesota, 1972) is an award winning conceptual artist and photographer. Her practice has been engaged with a longstanding inquiry into libraries, books and archives and in particular the social significance of their physical existence or disappearance.

Smith received a BA in Photography from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, in 1994. She has exhibited throughout the United States, in China, Russia, and New Zealand. In 2019, Smith expanded her artistic practice, completing a Diploma in Jewelry Design from Hungry Creek Art & Craft School.

Mickey’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Library, Weisman Art Museum, and Sheldon Museum of Art. She is the recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation, Forecast Public Art Affairs, CEC ArtsLink, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Americans for the Arts, and Creative New Zealand.

In 2018, Te Tuhi published her book As You Will . . . Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific, a documentary project focused on the twenty-five Carnegie libraries erected in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Her first artist’s book, Denudation, published by Hassla, was included in “A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial.”



Mickey Smith’s photographs of volumes, documents, bound periodicals and journals in public libraries. The books are not touched, artificially lit, or manipulated

Believe You Me
Believe You Me

Believe You Me examines the manner in which books and book imagery continue to …

Mickey Smith, Time and Again

TIME & AGAIN, a series of photographs by Mickey Smith commissioned by Obscura in 2022, explores the passage of time, grief and preservation of memory

Mickey Smith, Denudation

The photographic series, Denudation by Mickey Smith, documents abandoned objects within libraries.


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