Mike Smoot currently lives in Southern Vermont and is the Printmaking Studio Technician at Bennington College. He completed Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program in 2007 and has worked at a number of professional fine art print studios including Atelier Towson, The Experimental Print Institute, Tamarind Institute, and Landfall Press. He has given lectures and demonstrations on printmaking at Towson University, Goucher College, East Carolina University, Southeast Missouri State University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Georgia State University, and Valdosta State University, and has assisted with lectures at University of Maryland, Syracuse University, and University of Toledo. In addition, he has worked with a number of art related community organizations his hometown of Baltimore, MD including Art with a Heart, School 33, and Bright StArts.
My work is made using enduring printmaking techniques along with contemporary technologies to articulate my interest in past, current, and future social-political-economic-ecological interactions, phenomena, and potentials. I am fascinated by systems and the ways in which we generate, organize, and reproduce information of all types. My work is the result of a process of continual investigation into the structures of society and how these structures inform our values and actions. With a feeling of pessimistic hopefulness regarding our ability as a species to confront the many challenges before us, I seek to explore the mechanisms we use to organize our lives, with the hope that an understanding of these systems and their development may serve as a tool to change them.