Mickey Smith (born 1972 in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.) is an American photographer and conceptual artist working in Auckland, New Zealand. Her works have exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe, China, and Russia. Mickey has received a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photography as well as grants from Forecast Public Art, CEC ArtsLink, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is represented by Invisible-Exports gallery in New York.
In her series, Volume (2006-2010), Smith photographed library-stack sets of bound periodicals to memorialize them as shared objects of a common literary culture, now passed. Volume documented bound periodicals and journals in public libraries. The books and words are not touched, artificially lit, or manipulated – rather created by the librarian, found in the stacks, and positioned by the last anonymous reader. The focus was on simple, provocative titles that transcend the spines on which they appear to create conceptual, language-based, anthropological works. Smith’s large scale installations, Collocations, were an evolution of the Volume series.