Sara Meredith- Smere Tactics

is creating Woodcuts about deep sea creatures, wild women and curiosities

8

patrons

$32

per month
Hi there! I'm Sara. Welcome to the Smere Tactics Patreon page!
Thank you so much for stopping by and being willing to dive Into the Deep

Stay with me as we begin our descent below the water.

Bio: 


Sara Meredith operating under the name Smere Tactics, is a Madison based relief printmaker and teacher. Her black and white woodcut prints have a bold visceral quality while the overlapping subject matter offers nuanced perspective and layers of meaning.

Born and raised in Wisconsin Sara is familiar to a life of contrasts. During her formative years she endured sexual trauma that still informs her work today. Sara received her BA with an emphasis on painting from UW- Whitewater in 2004. Her subsequent 9 years of work experience in the industrial print industry convinced her to create woodcuts from her loose intuitive paintings and sketches. For this reason, the line work in her prints still have a painterly quality and are reminiscent of german expressionist woodcuts.

Sara creates from her home in Madison where she lives with her husband and 2 sons. She is active in the local art community where she currently teaches and volunteers at several arts organizations and other businesses.

As an artist:


Black and white woodcuts are the storybook, but the tales I tell aren’t as simple as black and white. These narratives fuse subconscious thoughts with reality. Some begin with exploratory sketches in a mess of abstract patterns, lines and shapes, sifted to reveal hidden faces and imagery. Others are discovered from snippets in children’s books, science podcasts or natural curiosities. My stories come alive after many rabbit holes of research. The tales may differ from their origins, but they affirm that humanity and nature itself are different facets of the same face.

My mission as an artist is to create both accessible art and opportunities that affirm that humanity and nature itself are different facets of the same face.

Rewards for support


For as little as $1 a month
you get to vote/ decide which curiosity sets I will work on next and ultimately what all monthly/ surprise art will arrive in the mail AND
You get to see all the behind the scenes updates/ sketches/ Lens videos ( only up for 24hrs like Instagram stories)

If you sustain your support at $5 or more for an entire year

it's like art layaway you'll automatically get to pick out (from a few choices) an original print. It's like a print club or art layaway

The higher the tiers
the more original prints you get quarterly, monthly or yearly


CURRENT PROJECTS

Into the Deep
( ongoing) - Series of large-scale woodcuts telling the narrative about what would happen if a human could drop into the very deepest part of the ocean ( more details below)

Suitcase of Curiosities ( ongoing)- small art collectible curiosities in the form of hand printed stickers, iron-on patches and magnets to serve as another way for you to express your creativity and wonder for the natural world. 1-2 woodcut sets( 3-5 designs) are created quarterly every year and are what is sent out at Surprise Art quarterly ( $5- Mesopelagic Tier) and Monthly surprise art ( $15- Bathypelagic Tier)

Planetary Bodies ( small project 2019) 10 hand painted woodcuts in handmade altar frames featuring Goddesses/ feminine virtues assigned to largest planetary bodies in our solar system ( spherical objects in space)


INTO THE DEEP

Project Details


WHAT

Creating bioluminescent sea creatures
What is bioluminescence? is the production and emission of light by a living organism.

To present these animals in a way we’d find them in the deep for the exhibit they will be
Categorized by Zone or Depth of the ocean &/ or if they are found in a particular area

Zones:

Mesopelagic ( Twilight) Zone- 200-1,000m (660-3,300ft)
Bathypelagic ( Midnight) Zone- 1,000 - 4,000m ( 3,300-13,000ft)
Abyssopelagic ( Abyss) Zone - 4,000 - 6,000m (13,000 - 20,000ft)
Hadopelagic ( Trench) Zone - 6,000 - 11,033m (20,000 - 36,200ft)


HOW

1st creating sketches 
2nd translate drawings to 4x4' woodcuts
3rd spending 30-40hrs woodcutting each of the 8 panels
4th printing the panels on fabric estimated printing in spring 2019 of all panels cut ( 1-3 panels)
5th  stretching fabric over frames/ creating wall hangings
6th hand- painting the parts of each creature that are bioluminescent with reflective paint
7th additional small woodcuts of creatures created for eductional purposes.
8th educational guides will be created for the exhibit with names, sizes of each creature categorized by depth/ area
9th  Exhibition collaboration with local musicians/ video artists to create a whole experience

TIMELINE

Aim to have 8 4x4' panels cut and printed by the end of 2019 
but this could potentially take longer

The scope of this project is very large and will likely take several years ( this started in 2018) 
Aiming to have first exhibition locally in Madison in spring of 2020

There is potential to travel with this exhibit 

WHY

Included for the really deep divers...

Inspiration and Philosophy

The inspiration for this project came while reading the book “Glow: Animals with Their own Night - Lights” by W. H. Beck with my oldest son. The book is about bioluminescence and this particular passage about dinoflagellates stuck out.
"Little animals glow. But if you have enough of them they can have a BIG effect"
The fact that small creatures can coalesce together with spectacular results ( in the case of dino-flagellates glowing tides) is a metaphor for the times we live in.While researching further I discovered that Bioluminescence is the most common form of communication on earth!

I was ever curious and then read the book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith and learned that the ocean is the cradle of life, how we evolved from single-celled organisms, developed nervous systems to support our consciousness, just as an octopus has but in a completely different way. A powerful quote from the book:
“When you dive into the sea you are diving into the origin of us all”
This perfectly describes this feeling deep within that pursuing this project is also a way of raising consciousness one of my missions as an artist and human being.


Into the deep on the surface is about these amazing creatures but it’s also about diving deeper into ourselves. It’s about how these creatures living in the harshest most extreme environment on the planet, without light have evolved in the dark and how we can learn to do the same.

All of these interesting facts compiled together were instrumental in turning my fascination, awe, and curiosity into admiration, respect, and love.


Education and saving the sea


Aside from philosophy, a huge goal of Into the Deep is to allow people to experience what the depths of the sea are like. To bring these creatures into view is the start of changing the way we think about the oceans.

Again Peter Godfrey-Smith sums this up:
“ The features that made the sea productive of life and mind are invisible to us most of the time. They exist on a tiny scale, the sea does not change visibly as we do things to it- not in the way that cutting down a forest is immediately, undeniably visible. Waste poured into the sea just seems to drift and dilute away. As a result the sea rarely appears urgent as an environmental problem”
To evoke the same feelings of wonder most people feel about space exploration in artwork/exhibits about the deep sea is the first step in caring about the ocean and about the actions we take that affect it.


Conquering Fear


An even deeper reason for choosing to tackle this project is my fear of drowning, or more accurately being submerged underwater without the means to come back to the surface.

When I was about 8 or 9 years old our neighbors had an above ground pool. Most of the older kids started the game where 5-6 kids ran around the outside of the pool creating a mini whirlpool since I was a lightweight I got sucked into the middle and I recall not being able to get up.

Sitting on the bottom of a pool staring up at the light coming down unable to do anything ( probably only about 30- 40 seconds) was both terrifying yet there was a presence of serenity as well. I was rescued by our neighbor but to this day I still get anxious about being under the water. I still go swimming but I have never been one to jump off a pier into the water. I have a healthy love for the animals of the sea but have never strayed too far from the shore.

Maybe fear isn’t an accurate description, maybe it has more to do with the fact that I can still feel that moment and I know if I were to feel that calm again I might decide it’s okay not to come back. Through this project, I can deep dive in many ways and still come up for air. It is said one way to conquer your fear is through exposure and so this is sticking my feet in the water and wading in up to my neck. With this, I will be one step closer to swimming underwater truly testing my limits mentally and physically.

Modifications
Since the start of this project the goals haven't changed but the how has changed. Originally this project was about only the creatures and it has now evolved to include a human element because if we can imagine ourselves in that environment we will care about it more. There's also another additional layer added to this work with the human component if you dive deep in anything you're bound to discover more about yourself and your place in it.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
xoxo
Sara

Tiers
Epipelagic Zone -0-660ft 0-200m
$1 or more per month
Thanks for your support! Give your input and stay in the know.
  • Take part in polls 
  • See behind the scenes posts 
  • Invite to private viewing of Into the Deep before the general public
Mesopelagic Zone 660-3,300ft 200-1,000m
$5 or more per month
Also called the Twilight zone ( no really!) because very little light reaches this depth. The deeper you go the more glimmers of bioluminescent creatures you'll see. Congrats you have traversed the twilight zone and for that you'll recieve these awards:
  • All previous rewards
  • Quarterly surprise art ( stickers, fabric patched ( iron on or stitch on) and magnets Starting late June 2018)

AFTER 1 Year of Support

  • 1 8x10 Limited Edition Print ( have 1-10 choices, size is relative may be slightly larger or smaller)
Bathypelagic Zone- 3,300-13,000 ft
$15 or more per month only 24 left
Also called the Midnight Zone light doesn't reach these depth below the Mesopelagic zone. Don't let that spookfish over there give you a fright, he's one of the only creatures whose large eyes use mirrors to see. What a dive! For reaching this depth you'll claim these rewards:


  • All previous rewards ( including 8x10 print after 1 yr)
  • First access to limited edition prints/ products
  • Surprise art is now monthly
Abyssopelagic Zone 13,000-20,000ft
$30 or more per month only 10 left
Also called the Abyss here we reach the bottom of the sea floor in most cases. We're swimming with the dumbo octopus now! Your rewards for traveling to this depth:
  • All previous rewards 
  • Upgrade to Monthly Surprise Art/ Yrly 8x10 print below 
  • Receive Monthly art: 
  • Choose from an 8x10 or 11x14 woodcut print OR combination of 7 items from any curiosity collection of stickers, magnets or patches.  You'll receive instructions from me via direct message about choices and relay your choice(s) from my online shop


Hadopelagic Zone 20,000-36,200ft
$50 or more per month only 2 left
We're in the Marina Trench the deepest place in the ocean. If you submersed Mt Everest underwater there would still be 1 mile of water over the top! WOW! We know very little about creatures of this depth for traveling to the deepest depths you get:
  • All previous rewards ( including monthly art you choose)
  • Commission me to make a woodcut ( consult after 1 yr of support) Note: I don't do commissions otherwise this is only available to 2 people
Goals
$32 of $100 per month
This amount will help support the time it takes to work on such a large project!  As a thank you for hitting this goal I will pick one patron at random to receive a special piece of artwork, to be announced in a post.
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Hi there! I'm Sara. Welcome to the Smere Tactics Patreon page!
Thank you so much for stopping by and being willing to dive Into the Deep

Stay with me as we begin our descent below the water.

Bio: 


Sara Meredith operating under the name Smere Tactics, is a Madison based relief printmaker and teacher. Her black and white woodcut prints have a bold visceral quality while the overlapping subject matter offers nuanced perspective and layers of meaning.

Born and raised in Wisconsin Sara is familiar to a life of contrasts. During her formative years she endured sexual trauma that still informs her work today. Sara received her BA with an emphasis on painting from UW- Whitewater in 2004. Her subsequent 9 years of work experience in the industrial print industry convinced her to create woodcuts from her loose intuitive paintings and sketches. For this reason, the line work in her prints still have a painterly quality and are reminiscent of german expressionist woodcuts.

Sara creates from her home in Madison where she lives with her husband and 2 sons. She is active in the local art community where she currently teaches and volunteers at several arts organizations and other businesses.

As an artist:


Black and white woodcuts are the storybook, but the tales I tell aren’t as simple as black and white. These narratives fuse subconscious thoughts with reality. Some begin with exploratory sketches in a mess of abstract patterns, lines and shapes, sifted to reveal hidden faces and imagery. Others are discovered from snippets in children’s books, science podcasts or natural curiosities. My stories come alive after many rabbit holes of research. The tales may differ from their origins, but they affirm that humanity and nature itself are different facets of the same face.

My mission as an artist is to create both accessible art and opportunities that affirm that humanity and nature itself are different facets of the same face.

Rewards for support


For as little as $1 a month
you get to vote/ decide which curiosity sets I will work on next and ultimately what all monthly/ surprise art will arrive in the mail AND
You get to see all the behind the scenes updates/ sketches/ Lens videos ( only up for 24hrs like Instagram stories)

If you sustain your support at $5 or more for an entire year

it's like art layaway you'll automatically get to pick out (from a few choices) an original print. It's like a print club or art layaway

The higher the tiers
the more original prints you get quarterly, monthly or yearly


CURRENT PROJECTS

Into the Deep
( ongoing) - Series of large-scale woodcuts telling the narrative about what would happen if a human could drop into the very deepest part of the ocean ( more details below)

Suitcase of Curiosities ( ongoing)- small art collectible curiosities in the form of hand printed stickers, iron-on patches and magnets to serve as another way for you to express your creativity and wonder for the natural world. 1-2 woodcut sets( 3-5 designs) are created quarterly every year and are what is sent out at Surprise Art quarterly ( $5- Mesopelagic Tier) and Monthly surprise art ( $15- Bathypelagic Tier)

Planetary Bodies ( small project 2019) 10 hand painted woodcuts in handmade altar frames featuring Goddesses/ feminine virtues assigned to largest planetary bodies in our solar system ( spherical objects in space)


INTO THE DEEP

Project Details


WHAT

Creating bioluminescent sea creatures
What is bioluminescence? is the production and emission of light by a living organism.

To present these animals in a way we’d find them in the deep for the exhibit they will be
Categorized by Zone or Depth of the ocean &/ or if they are found in a particular area

Zones:

Mesopelagic ( Twilight) Zone- 200-1,000m (660-3,300ft)
Bathypelagic ( Midnight) Zone- 1,000 - 4,000m ( 3,300-13,000ft)
Abyssopelagic ( Abyss) Zone - 4,000 - 6,000m (13,000 - 20,000ft)
Hadopelagic ( Trench) Zone - 6,000 - 11,033m (20,000 - 36,200ft)


HOW

1st creating sketches 
2nd translate drawings to 4x4' woodcuts
3rd spending 30-40hrs woodcutting each of the 8 panels
4th printing the panels on fabric estimated printing in spring 2019 of all panels cut ( 1-3 panels)
5th  stretching fabric over frames/ creating wall hangings
6th hand- painting the parts of each creature that are bioluminescent with reflective paint
7th additional small woodcuts of creatures created for eductional purposes.
8th educational guides will be created for the exhibit with names, sizes of each creature categorized by depth/ area
9th  Exhibition collaboration with local musicians/ video artists to create a whole experience

TIMELINE

Aim to have 8 4x4' panels cut and printed by the end of 2019 
but this could potentially take longer

The scope of this project is very large and will likely take several years ( this started in 2018) 
Aiming to have first exhibition locally in Madison in spring of 2020

There is potential to travel with this exhibit 

WHY

Included for the really deep divers...

Inspiration and Philosophy

The inspiration for this project came while reading the book “Glow: Animals with Their own Night - Lights” by W. H. Beck with my oldest son. The book is about bioluminescence and this particular passage about dinoflagellates stuck out.
"Little animals glow. But if you have enough of them they can have a BIG effect"
The fact that small creatures can coalesce together with spectacular results ( in the case of dino-flagellates glowing tides) is a metaphor for the times we live in.While researching further I discovered that Bioluminescence is the most common form of communication on earth!

I was ever curious and then read the book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith and learned that the ocean is the cradle of life, how we evolved from single-celled organisms, developed nervous systems to support our consciousness, just as an octopus has but in a completely different way. A powerful quote from the book:
“When you dive into the sea you are diving into the origin of us all”
This perfectly describes this feeling deep within that pursuing this project is also a way of raising consciousness one of my missions as an artist and human being.


Into the deep on the surface is about these amazing creatures but it’s also about diving deeper into ourselves. It’s about how these creatures living in the harshest most extreme environment on the planet, without light have evolved in the dark and how we can learn to do the same.

All of these interesting facts compiled together were instrumental in turning my fascination, awe, and curiosity into admiration, respect, and love.


Education and saving the sea


Aside from philosophy, a huge goal of Into the Deep is to allow people to experience what the depths of the sea are like. To bring these creatures into view is the start of changing the way we think about the oceans.

Again Peter Godfrey-Smith sums this up:
“ The features that made the sea productive of life and mind are invisible to us most of the time. They exist on a tiny scale, the sea does not change visibly as we do things to it- not in the way that cutting down a forest is immediately, undeniably visible. Waste poured into the sea just seems to drift and dilute away. As a result the sea rarely appears urgent as an environmental problem”
To evoke the same feelings of wonder most people feel about space exploration in artwork/exhibits about the deep sea is the first step in caring about the ocean and about the actions we take that affect it.


Conquering Fear


An even deeper reason for choosing to tackle this project is my fear of drowning, or more accurately being submerged underwater without the means to come back to the surface.

When I was about 8 or 9 years old our neighbors had an above ground pool. Most of the older kids started the game where 5-6 kids ran around the outside of the pool creating a mini whirlpool since I was a lightweight I got sucked into the middle and I recall not being able to get up.

Sitting on the bottom of a pool staring up at the light coming down unable to do anything ( probably only about 30- 40 seconds) was both terrifying yet there was a presence of serenity as well. I was rescued by our neighbor but to this day I still get anxious about being under the water. I still go swimming but I have never been one to jump off a pier into the water. I have a healthy love for the animals of the sea but have never strayed too far from the shore.

Maybe fear isn’t an accurate description, maybe it has more to do with the fact that I can still feel that moment and I know if I were to feel that calm again I might decide it’s okay not to come back. Through this project, I can deep dive in many ways and still come up for air. It is said one way to conquer your fear is through exposure and so this is sticking my feet in the water and wading in up to my neck. With this, I will be one step closer to swimming underwater truly testing my limits mentally and physically.

Modifications
Since the start of this project the goals haven't changed but the how has changed. Originally this project was about only the creatures and it has now evolved to include a human element because if we can imagine ourselves in that environment we will care about it more. There's also another additional layer added to this work with the human component if you dive deep in anything you're bound to discover more about yourself and your place in it.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
xoxo
Sara

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Tiers
Epipelagic Zone -0-660ft 0-200m
$1 or more per month
Thanks for your support! Give your input and stay in the know.
  • Take part in polls 
  • See behind the scenes posts 
  • Invite to private viewing of Into the Deep before the general public
Mesopelagic Zone 660-3,300ft 200-1,000m
$5 or more per month
Also called the Twilight zone ( no really!) because very little light reaches this depth. The deeper you go the more glimmers of bioluminescent creatures you'll see. Congrats you have traversed the twilight zone and for that you'll recieve these awards:
  • All previous rewards
  • Quarterly surprise art ( stickers, fabric patched ( iron on or stitch on) and magnets Starting late June 2018)

AFTER 1 Year of Support

  • 1 8x10 Limited Edition Print ( have 1-10 choices, size is relative may be slightly larger or smaller)
Bathypelagic Zone- 3,300-13,000 ft
$15 or more per month only 24 left
Also called the Midnight Zone light doesn't reach these depth below the Mesopelagic zone. Don't let that spookfish over there give you a fright, he's one of the only creatures whose large eyes use mirrors to see. What a dive! For reaching this depth you'll claim these rewards:


  • All previous rewards ( including 8x10 print after 1 yr)
  • First access to limited edition prints/ products
  • Surprise art is now monthly
Abyssopelagic Zone 13,000-20,000ft
$30 or more per month only 10 left
Also called the Abyss here we reach the bottom of the sea floor in most cases. We're swimming with the dumbo octopus now! Your rewards for traveling to this depth:
  • All previous rewards 
  • Upgrade to Monthly Surprise Art/ Yrly 8x10 print below 
  • Receive Monthly art: 
  • Choose from an 8x10 or 11x14 woodcut print OR combination of 7 items from any curiosity collection of stickers, magnets or patches.  You'll receive instructions from me via direct message about choices and relay your choice(s) from my online shop


Hadopelagic Zone 20,000-36,200ft
$50 or more per month only 2 left
We're in the Marina Trench the deepest place in the ocean. If you submersed Mt Everest underwater there would still be 1 mile of water over the top! WOW! We know very little about creatures of this depth for traveling to the deepest depths you get:
  • All previous rewards ( including monthly art you choose)
  • Commission me to make a woodcut ( consult after 1 yr of support) Note: I don't do commissions otherwise this is only available to 2 people