Balancing Act: Candice Smith Corby

1 Mar

Many of you know that my hubby & I are living a bit of a vagabond life.  My other half is working as a medical traveler, so since May 2011, we’ve moved across the good ol’ USofA from Florida to the Northwest, living in a new town every 13 weeks.  So these days, we’re traveling light.  Everything live with fits into the back of our mid-size SUV and a 4’x8′ UHaul trailer.  All our other belonging are stored in a 10’x10′ storage unit in Jacksonville.  The rest is gone.  In preparation for this move and change in lifestyle, we sold or gave away all of our furniture except for a few sentimental pieces of mine.  When I first saw these works on paper by Massachusetts artist Candice Smith Corby, they resonated with this slightly displaced soul.

Madge's Fox Den, gouache & watercolor on paper ( via Lost at E Minor )

I am no stranger to the competing feelings of freedom and loss that come from purging your life of unnecessary stuff.  In our society, our possessions define us in so many ways.  They demonstrate to the world, our tastes, our values, our experiences.  The things that we live with become a part of our memories, so to be separated from them may result in a disconnect with our past.  Of course, that could be viewed as positive or negative..

You'll Be A..., I'll Be a Bear, gouache on wallpaper

While I do often dearly miss some of my lovely things ( especially when living in some furnished rentals! ), there is also an incredible sense of liberty that comes with knowing that we can live ( almost ) anywhere.  We no longer have the mortgage and maintenance of owning a home filled with rooms and stuff we rarely use.

My Worries Are Behind Me, acrylic, watercolor & gouache on paper, 36x80

Smith Corby’s works speak to that overwhelming sense of being possessed by our possessions.  How many of us have gone into large amounts of debt just to have the homes of our dreams?  Oh, how difficult it can be when we insist on holding on, when what we really need is to just let go.

Brooding Mood, screenprint, 22x30

Repossessed, gouache & watercolor on paper ( via Lost at E Minor )

So have I made you want to give away all your worldly goods? 😉  Maybe just a spring cleaning is in the cards.. To see more of Candice Smith Corby’s work, please visit her website.

This artist found via Lost at E Minor.

Featured image is Bunny Love by Candice Smith Corby.  All images are via the artist’s website unless otherwise noted.

14 Responses to “Balancing Act: Candice Smith Corby”

  1. Manela Gracià March 1, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Hola, como estás? siempre que mi tiempo me lo permite reviso este blog que me parece muy interesante. Me gustan tus comentarios y me gusta la obra.

    Saludos cordiales

    • Lesley March 1, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      ¡Hola! Yo no hablo español, pero gracias por su visita!

      (Y gracias al traductor de Google!)


  2. barbaraelka March 1, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    it is funny concept to think that my sofa is tying me down…yet how true.

    • Lesley March 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      It really is, Barbara! I’m still learning how to live with less. My hubby is much better at it than I am.. I love beautiful things and want to be surrounded by them, but not possessed by them. It is a fine line to walk!

  3. Tracy Gielbert March 2, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    love those works as an expat and bit of a gypsy myself I can certainly relate!!!

    • Lesley March 2, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      There are definitely things I love about the gypsy life, but I think I’ll be ready to settle down long before my hubby!

  4. gabrielgarbowota March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    These paintings find that perfect balance of pretty and thought-provoking. They are attractive enough to hang on wall, and while not confrontational, they do make you question ‘things’. Like, ‘did I really need to *own* this painting, or could I have just enjoyed it online?’ Oh, irony.

    • Lesley March 2, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Haha.. touche, Gabriel!

  5. Impower You March 6, 2012 at 10:54 am #


    Thanks for sharing! I added a link to your blog post on her FB page.

    • Lesley March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks, Leah! Candice is actually an Artsy Forager reader. 🙂 Something I found out after I wrote her feature. Thanks for posting the link on her Facebook page!


      • Impower You March 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        LOL! Neat. I have this habit of sharing a post with the postee because some people don’t get enough appreciation in life.

  6. 35andupcynicismonhold March 21, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    hello, artsyforager,

    really love the third pic. the last one’s nice, too. ^^

    btw, is it alright if i tag you/your site? it’ll just be a list of sites i usually visit. i hope you won’t mind. thanks. 🙂

    • Lesley March 21, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      Absolutely! I would be happy to be listed among your favorite reads!



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