Paper has always been a primary material in the work of Justine Smith. Her current work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. She is interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it. On a physical level a banknote is just a piece of paper, but it is what a banknote actually represents that is central to Smith’s work. Through her collages, prints and sculptures she examines our relationship with money in a political, historical, cultural, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the notes.
She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums internationally. Notable collections include The British Museum, The British Council, The British Library, The Bank of England,The Royal Mint Museum and the UK Government Art Collection along with many international corporations and private collections. She has also collaborated on commissioned work with a number of international brands, including Swatch, and Liberty X Nike. She lives and works in London.