Seton Sight

NEW YORK — Five stories above Ludlow Street, Seton Smith is leaning out the window of her buzzer-less loft apartment, dangling a set of keys. "Don’t even try to catch them," she shouts as they sail through the air before crashing on the...

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Passage is an overriding theme in her work. Smith lost her twin sister to AIDS in the late Eighties. But literal references to the loss are absent in her work except perhaps subconsciously — she often displays her photographs in pairs. Since 1985, Smith has made her home in Paris, where she lives the ex-pat life, far from her second home on the Lower East Side, where all her American friends live.

As for the artist’s life, Smith says that, for her, there has never been another choice. "It’s how we understood the world," she explains, offering a rare insight into her family roots. "We knew there were doctors and lawyers and things. But the art world was our world. That’s what we knew."
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