"Coming from a family of architects, I saw how closely related the functions of fashion and architecture are. I wanted to explore the function of fashion further and began my coursework in fashion design, focusing on the protective aspect of clothing. My focus on the protective function of clothing led me to a 25+ years career in fur design. My artistic explorations have led me in some interesting directions. I continually reshape my idea as an artist and the boundaries of my art. I've recently branched out into photography and also returned to my childhood passion: painting. I am increasingly interested in the ability of art to evoke emotion and speak to the human situation." (School of the Art Institute of Chicago bio)
Dosen, Amy, "Liat Smestad" (2011). Asian American Art Oral History Project. 33.