Tucson based artist Abigail Smithson will collaborate on an art installation entitled, What is the Harm in a Reach?, with the basketball teams from a local STEM High School . She will ask the students to draw their own versions of "reaching", "extending", "a shot" and "passing", as examples of movements made in basketball; with the final iteration of the drawings in cyanotype print form. The goal of this work is an attempt to bridge a gap and allow for sports and art to coexist in a shared space.
Smithson received her M.F.A. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2017 and now resides in Tucson, Arizona. With a focus on challenging the concept of documentation, Smithson’s art practice is rooted in the appreciation, translation and act of archiving objects that record their surroundings. Through collecting, photographing, drawing, writing poems and assembling sculptures, she hopes to disrupt the traditional ideas of representation and constantly re-learn how to understand a place. Through all of her artwork, both written and visual, she attempts to embody a location and a time period, to create a document, in a both nuanced and abstract way.