01 CLOSE CLOSE 02 CLOSE 03 CLOSE 04 CLOSE 05 CLOSE 06 CLOSE 07 CLOSE 08 CLOSE 09 CLOSE 10 Austin Smith is a mixed media artist living in New York City. Originally from Detroit, Austin studied Print Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before making New York City his home in 2017.

Coupling print making with an exploratory immersion into New York City nightlife, Austin started using himself as a canvas of his personal artistic expression, creating a strong vehicle to his art via social media under the name Empty Pools.

His portraiture is a collection of make-up, facial prosthesis, objets trouvés, glass and metal work - a nod to fantastical darkness. It is revealing, public and personal. His performance with metal accessorizing eventually led him to design his own jewelry pieces.

Through sharing the creative process of confronting his own inner layers and putting them out for all to see, Austin was able to able to connect with himself. His jewelry collection invites others into his world.
Collection 2

The visual language behind Austin James Smith’s Collection 2 stems from the idea of integration between jewelry, the body and identity.

Through his artwork, Austin confronts his inner layers and put them out for all to see. With his second jewelry collection, and via contradictory aesthetics ranging from grunge to whimsical, he invites to a conversation on inner duality.

“Whenever I feel that I am going too far toward one direction, I subconsciously find myself then steering down another path, often the opposite of where I started.”
Duality compels us to find the nuanced and often messy spaces in between, say, black and white, self and other, and is often the base artists build on.
Collection 2 lives somewhere between a dark and serious world and a playful and camp universe. Two places artists, and Austin, often exist in the midst of.