Dana Smith has created a hand made book that combines digital photo-collage using her original photographs, hand painting, and poetry. Sanctuary In My Skin is the story of being human in an emotional landscape made of color and light. Each individual must interpret that visual information from her subjective, inner perspective always influenced by mood and memory. Are we safe in here? Each book is hand-bound and hand painted with acrylic gouache paint. The splashy painting style makes each book distinct from the others in the edition, so that the edition is truly variable.
Dana Smith, Currently lives and maintains a studio in San Francisco, California, USA. In 2004 Dana Smith founded a fine arts digital press called Dana Dana Dana with a focus on very small edition, hand-made books, and digital monoprints that combine traditional mediums such as drawing and painting, silkscreen, woodcut, or stencil, with digital media. The books and print editions have traveled to book fairs and galleries and museum exhibitions world wide, and are housed in libraries and private collections internationally, including: The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Standford University, and Library of Congress, among others.