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Yvette Kaiser Smith

2607 W. Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60622, U.S.A.
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Phone: 773-395-2981

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I create my own fiberglass cloth by crocheting continuous strands of fiberglass into flat geometric shapes.  These are formed and hardened with the application of polyester resin and the use of gravity.  A visual articulation of mathematics is used to generate random visual patterns through form and color distribution by utilizing the grid, Pascal’s Triangle, and sequences from numbers pi or e.   Larger works are straight forward, more obvious, interpretations of each digit, while the source math in the small works is less evident.

My current practice of creating math generated work and crocheting fiberglass began twenty years ago when I started making sculpture that dealt with abstracting narratives of identity.  Within this context, an exploration of fiberglass and resin led me to crocheting fiberglass roving.  Years later, the same pursuit led me to start mapping patterns from math sequences.

In terms of identity, math is the underlying principle in all of life and, as the search for numbers went on for thousands of years, numbers represent the human search for knowledge.  All cultures seem to have their own lace tradition.  If identity is a hybrid of our heritage, then lace is, as tradition of time, labor, and creativity, one tiny point of intersection that connects us all.


BORN: Prague, Czechoslovakia




1994 MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1990 BFA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

1990 Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT




  • 2012 Rosewood, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2012 Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH
  • 2012 Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2011 Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2008 Philadelphia Ritz Carlton Residences
  • 2005 Englewood Senior Satellite Center, Chicago, IL


  • Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
  • Old Orchard Towers, Skokie, IL
  • Deloitte, Chicago, IL
  • US Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst IL
  • City of Port Royal, Beaufort County, SC
  • UIC Hospital, Nutrition and Wellness Clinic, Chicago, IL  



  • 2012 Con Templum, Wieghardt Gallery, Evanston Art Center, IL
  • 2012 Etudes from Pi, Jenoptik, Jena, Germany
  • 2011 Etudes from Pi, ARTexhibitionLink’s Gallery Uno, Chicago, IL
  • 2011 Etudes from Pi, Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
  • 2010 David Weinberg Gallery, with Rhonda Wheatley and Marissa Glink, Chicago, IL
  • 2008 Digits, Alfedena Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2006 Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • 2006 Installations, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
  • 2005 Illinois Institute of Art, 180 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL
  • 2005 Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
  • 2004 Community Structures, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
  • 2004 Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2003 Sculptural Flesh, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
  • 2003 Rosewood Art Center, Kettering, OH
  • 2003 Cloaked Modifiers, CIU Art Lounge, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2002 Dimensional Exchanges, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • 2002 Groupings, Cook County Bldg., main lobby, sponsored by Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2001 Nonlinear Feedback, Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2000 New Work, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
  • 2000 Pattern Generation, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 Holding Pattern, Peter Miller Gallery, project space, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 Translucent Innuendoes, ACME Art Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 1999 Domains of Intimacy, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH
  • 1998 Metaphors, E. L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • 1998 Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Curators Choice, Chicago, IL
  • 1998 InsideArt Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1997 Beyond Sculpture, Kishwaukee Art Gallery, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL



  • 2011 Art Works Chicago, with Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Biological Impulses, with Beverly Kedzior, Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL
  • 2005 Narratives of Biology & Identity, with Beverly Kedzior , Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL  
  • 2005 Parallel Utterances, with Gisela Insuaste, The 3 Arts Club, Chicago, IL
  • 2004 Progression of Patterns, with Mark Literski, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI
  • 2001 Patterns of Construction, with Nancy Rosen, The 3 Arts Club, Chicago, IL
  • 1997 Sculptures and Photographs, with Alice Hargrave, Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
  • 1997 Penetralia, with Ulrike Johannsen, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL



  • 2010 ARTexhibitionLink's Gallery UNO Projektraum , Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 Berliner Liste: Fair for Contemporary Art and Photography, Berlin, Germany, courtesy of ARTexhibitionLink
  • 2005 Graffiti Stories, Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 Graffiti Stories, Hyunnart Studio, Rome, Italy
  • 2002 U. S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey (2 year loan)
  • 2002 Spaso House, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia (4 year loan)