Self-taught artist Brett Smith aims, in his work, to refine the world into a simple mark or gesture. For Smith, each line and dot possess a life of its own. Born in Durban, South Africa, Smith’s childhood was surrounded by nature: trees, flowers, and leaves were an endless fascination. These influential experiences led him create his work through automatic drawing and painting. In this state, experimentations, inventions, and accidents were pivotal in the work. The finished product examines the line between beauty and destruction.