Dorothy Smith

Sign the Petition, Moore St., Dublin, 23 February 2016, Etching
Print Workshop: Black Church Print Studio

Artist Statement

I am interested in the symbiosis and antibiosis of the relationship between society and its constructed spaces; the built environment of public space; the evolution of ‘space' into ‘place'; how as individuals and a society we construct space and place. This physical reality has emotional, political, social and personal consequences in how it both limits and allows our daily lives. The language of drawing is also subject as well as means of enquiry. My work has always involved the temporal investigation specific environments. Early work explored the coastlines and open seas of south west Kerry, ‘Viewing Recommended' (2007) mapped the public face of private space in urban suburbs, ‘Hidden Histories' (2009) studied elevations and constructed spaces in rural west Wicklow. My current work deals with the construction of place, carrying the marks of history and identity and formed by the decisions and actions of many; place being a space with social significance.

Dorothy Smith holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire, a Degree Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin. Dorothy's practise is concerned with the built environments in which people live and work and in particular in the built environment of public space. Drawing has always been the under pining to Dorothy's practice but in recent years it has become her predominant methodology. In much of her recent work the language of drawing is her subject as well as her means of enquiry. Her drawings span an arc from representational to process based experimental works. She was awarded the RHA AXA drawing prize at the RHA Annual Exhibition 2015.
She is a member of the Blackchurch Print Studio, Dublin and of Visual Artists Ireland and is an invited artist at the Life Drawing Sessions in the Royal Hibernian Academy. She has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the Lab, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Hallward Gallery, the Original Print Gallery, Dublin, The Bourne Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick, the Lavit Gallery, Cork, the Royal Ulster Academy, the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast, Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm and the Gormley Gallery, Belfast and Dublin. She has worked with many community based organisations as a manager, facilitator and teacher. Her work is in the collections of the Office of Public Works (state art collection), the Irish Contemporary Arts Society, NIVAL (National Irish Visual Artists Library), the New York Public Library Print Collection, AXA and private collections. She is a recipient of the Taylor Bequest Award, has participated in the Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, the Dublin International Print Festival and the Annamakerrig, Cill Rialaig and Inislacken Residencies.


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