Alix Smith

Raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Smith's work critically examines the world of privilege and wealth she experienced at a young age. Photographing childhood friends in their lush homes and drag queens posing as suburban housewives, Smith makes pictures that look like subversive editorial spreads for Town and Country.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Residency, Smith was recently chosen by Saatchi Online to show at the New York PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. Recently named one of the best new artists working today by ArtReview, Smith is an underrated gem on the art market—just ask Elton John, he's an early collector of her work.

Interview with the Artist

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
When I had my first exhibition my senior year of college—it was a natural high. I loved having people see the world through my eyes.
2. What's your guilty pleasure?
Indulging my capitalistic instincts.
3. If not yourself, who would you want to be?
Martha Stewart—she has an empire, she's not afraid to be a bitch, she makes things look pretty, and she rose from the ashes.
4. Who are your favorite artists?
Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman, and Amy Cutler to name just a few.
5. What's your favorite motto?
"Some people say I live in my own world, that's OK, they know me there."