Shanice Smith was born in the Port of Spain, in Trinidad & Tobago. She identifies herself as an interdisciplinary artist whose mixed-media works, use deceptively delicate aesthetics to deconstruct and examines domestic violence and the objectification and commodification of women; with an emphasis on Caribbean women of color. Smith also pulls from her own personal, traumatic experiences along with those of her mothers to build a solid foundation for discussions in an attempt to inspire others to speak up about their experiences; as Audre Lorde said, “your silence will not protect you.”
Smith’s entire academic life, thus far, has been at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Having first completed certificate qualifications in Social Work and Psychology at the University of the UWI Open Campus, she went on to pursue her bachelor’s in fine art at the UWI St Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago.
Smith’s work has been on display at Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain; the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, 2016; Toronto Urban Film Festival 2016; Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers’ 89 in Aruba 2016; the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Las Antillas para los Antillanos; 2016; and at Fresh milk Barbados, Footscray Community Art Centre and Deakin University in Australia as part of the Transoceanic Visual Exchange exhibition series, 2017 and 2018. Smith has also been one of the recipients for the 2019 prestigious Reed Foundation fellowship in connection with the Caribbean Arts Organisation at Vermont Studio Center which will take place from the 12th of May to the 7th of June.