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Art & Life with Dakota Light-Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dakota Light-Smith.

Dakota, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
In middle and high school I always had art teachers who were encouraging. They built me up to the point that I don’t think I ever thought of doing anything else.

I actually started in product design at my college, but I took this one class where we had to make business cards for our classmates every week. I was really obsessed with those business cards. I’ve been doing graphic design ever since.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make digital, print, and film work informed mostly by tools and research. Graphic design is great because you can do it in any format. It’s more of a visual way to treat things you’re interested in. I like to learn a new program or use a new tool and push the medium until something interesting happens.

I don’t think my work as a whole has a message. Sometimes it’s just cathartic or to explore a tool. I like to not take things too seriously, but I also hope to design interesting solutions to political and social issues.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think in the current political climate It’s difficult to navigate what art’s responsibility is to change it. Sometimes it’s just paralyzing, like if it doesn’t impeach Trump then why make it? How do you try and not ‘take things too seriously’ when the country is in a 24/7 crisis? But I do think art and design play a productive role in organizing politically and in visualizing alternate political/social systems.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on Instagram or my website, and I’m usually available for freelance work.

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Artwork by Dakota Light-Smith

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