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involves creating site-specific sculptural installations, performances, and artist-led projects that encourage participants to take history into their own hands. Smith is notable for her dual commitment to objects and actions. Her keen focus on material distinguishes her from other socially engaged artists, who often eschew 'things' in favor of direct action. Yet, as the artist is quick to point out, an object can be a conduit to spark dialogue and debate. Many of her most powerful works combine items from popular material culture in order to reveal hidden meanings and latent possibilities. [...] Smith often begins research for a new work by seeking out local makers of historic crafts and apprenticing herself to them, thereby turning the act of making into a performance in and of itself. [...] Smith constantly asks: How can objects obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with social norms? How do materials and processes harbor traces of human activity and touch? How can sculptures spark..