Whether regarded as a relaxing pastime or lethal habit, the act of smoking holds a historical gamut of associations and symbolisms. Glamour, seduction, intellectualism, status, defiance and ‘the stranger’are some of the many projections on stage and screen, in literature and advertising.
These features and scenarios have formed the basis for this screen printed series- from the posturing of pipe smokers to playing with the traditional opulence of the cigar label.


The work is a visual investigation into the peculiarities of this activity at a point where tobacco use is very much the zeitgeist of this decade and fast approaching the end of an era.

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images © sara ogilvie 2010