On the gallery walls hang six large screenprints, in which Smith has worked over illustrations from an educative handbook for juveniles exposed to the justice system in vast, waxy multicolour scrawls and scratches. They offer, to coin a phrase, a travesty of justice. In Colouring Book 38, a jury bench is engulfed in black strokes and white washes, overseen by an obscured radiant sun, while in Colouring Book 39, the brightly robed ‘Judge Friendly’ addresses a pink bird, although with one eye obscured by a patch of red, the magistrate more closely resembles a ridiculous pirate. ‘This isn’t a costume’, says the judge, reads a text below the image. With a newly apricot face and colourless robes, the Judge reappears in the diptych Colouring Book 36 alongside a blacked-out police officer and two faceless children who loom beside a globe. Like the motto on an imperial crest, a legend runs along the bottom: ‘If we all work together, we can make the world a better place.’ For all its childish simplicity, this series conjures the experience of a system in which the rules are unknown and the odds are stacked like loaded dice.
—Matthew McClean, Frieze Magazine, 2019