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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1980
Tire rim, tin, paint, nails, wood
61 x 16.5 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Smith's love for Jesus was present throughout her environment. She painted numerous portraits of him and conceived a variety of ways to depict the Christian Trinity. Religious iconography appeared in abstracted form all along her fence. Many of her paintings are like expressionistic Byzantine icons. An old board, a chrome circle, and a square piece of tin painted with the word HE became one of the most unusual images of Jesus ever created.