Bright colors, vibrant fabrics and found materials are the tools of play in Smith’s recent body of work. Plushy and pet-able each piece begs the viewer to touch; inviting them in and asking them to experience with another sense. It is impossible to make work that is not in some way related to the turbulence created by current events; the work acts a subtle distraction from how dark the world can be by adding a little brightness, playful personification and comfortable approachability.