Dorothy Smith

Artist statement

My work investigates the symbiosis and antibiosis of the relationship between people and the built environment; this includes how people adapt, change and 'personalise' their environment; the effects of time and use on the environment; and how our environment can act as limiting, forming or enabling vehicle.

My work deals with place in an anthropological sense of carrying the marks of history and identity. I focus on a specific built environments. By 'being' in a place, walking as a form of research, drawing as investigation, I explore the places and spaces encountered through routes and routines of everyday life.  The local is connected to its wider societal context. All places carry the marks of external influences and pressures, be that place a piece of wasteland, a room in a house, a park or a street corner.

This work is undertaken with an awareness and interest in the processes, methodology and materials of image making - the tension between process and subject matter, the dialectic of realism and abstraction, and the creation of illusion versus putting the making on display.

Artist biography

Dorothy Smith is a graduate of NCAD (Degree Fine Art Painting), UCD (Post Grad Diploma Arts Administration) and IADT (MA in Visual Arts Practices). She has exibited widely including the Lab, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Hallward Gallery and the Original Print Gallery, Dublin, The Bourne Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick, the Lavit Gallery, Cork, the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm. She has participated in and exhibited in the Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, the International Print Festival, Dublin and the Inislacken Residency Cill Rialaig Residencies.

She is a regular participant in the Life Drawing Sessions in the RHA. Her work is in the collections of The Office of Public Works, The Irish Contemporary Arts Society, the New York Public Library Print Collection, AXA and many private collections.