FEATURED ARTIST

Astrid J. Smith has been a member of BABA since 2008, shortly after graduating with a bachelors degree in art from San Francisco State University where she focused on mixed media painting and drawing and bookarts. She later returned to school to obtain a masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford University. She works for Stanford Libraries as Rare Book and Special Collections Digitization Specialist, photographing treasures of the archives to create high quality digital images for research, exhibits, and preservation purposes. Astrid uses an array of artistic techniques to create unique mixed media books that are lyrical and ethereal. Her artistic practice tends toward a balance between chaotic experimentation and technical precision, and she enjoys researching the history and philosophy of how we regard material objects. www.astridjsmith.com