Daniel Phillips Smith

Class of 2021

Website: danielpsmith.cargo.site
Instagram: @daniel_phillips_smith

I work in architecture, clay, and poetry. Formally trained as an architect, I have used my time at Cranbrook to “un-architect” myself and have been actively engaged in the search for a re-orientation of architecture as a discipline. My work in clay is both functional and sculptural – I enjoy making vessels (especially the cup), and I create non-functional pieces which reference / mimic architectural elements and objects from the American South. In the duplication of Southern architectural artifact, I hope to engage in, and reframe, a narrative of historical oppression. While embracing the rich Southern tradition of mythmaking and storytelling, these works de- and re-construct history and its characters of focus. Here, the focus is on those groups that have been historically oppressed, neglected and stigmatized.