Ashley Smith, a clergywoman from Stephentown, New York, found herself drawn by the compelling gaze of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's Young Woman in a Pink Skirt during a visit to the Clark Remix gallery. The painting became the centerpiece of her winning In/Visible exhibition. "She looked out of the painting as if desperate for someone to notice her and see that she was there," Smith says. "Looking at the contrast between her poor appearance and the wealthy appearance of the women in the paintings around her, I started to wonder about the difference in their lives."
After finding more examples, Smith decided to create a uCurate gallery to explore the artistic contrast between women who are wealthy and accustomed to being visible versus women who are often "invisible and overlooked."
Smith grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and first visited the Clark on school field trips as a child. While attending Williams College, she visited the galleries frequently. Among her hobbies are photography and reading.