Austin Smith is a mixed media artist living in New York City. Originally from Detroit, Austin studied Print Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before making New York City his home in 2017. Coupling print making with an exploratory immersion into New York City nightlife, Austin started using himself as a canvas of his personal artistic expression, creating a strong vehicle to his art via social media under the name Empty Pools. His portraiture is a collection of make-up, facial prosthesis, objets trouvés, glass and metal work - a nod to fantastical darkness. It is revealing, public and personal. His performance with metal accessorizing eventually led him to design his own jewelry pieces. Through sharing the creative process of confronting his own inner layers and putting them out for all to see, Austin was able to able to connect with himself. His jewelry collection invites others into his world.