Joanne Dorothea-Smith is a British conceptual artist with Autism and Synesthesia who uses photography, sound, moving image, writing and printmaking. Her work is an interpretation of place and person at different connecting points in time. She represents percepions of space and time with direct relation to the body. Working primarily with the land she excavates these spaces using photography, historical and scientific data and embodied practices of writing and exploration. These intersections of experience and memory make for an aggregated practice that draws on lived experience and reflects upon society, family, politics and environment. Dorothea-Smith uses these forms and narratives to re-form her descriptions and experiences of reality.

She is also part of the Frequencies photographic collective and a member of CAMP.



Free Range Truman Brewery Class of 2014  Plymouth College of Art - Selected Photographic Works & Installation of "Reality Thins"

Impressions 6 - University of Plymouth - 2016 - "Stand" Etchings on paper

Impressions 7 - University of Plymouth - 2017 - "Vans" Etchings on paper

Acapella group show - 2016 - Large scale photographic installation of "Stand"

Interim group show - 2017 - Work in progress curation and development of work 

Frequencies - 2018 - Peninsula Arts - group show - "The Eye The Well" Sculptural photographic works & Graphic design

Frequencies Collective - 201944AD Bath - "Stand" & "The Eye The Well" 

Spectra - 2021 - Bath Artist Studios - "Essex 1976-1999" 

Christmas Show - 2021 - Homeframe Gallery - Plymouth - Selection of works

Kinsequences - 2022 - Back Lane West Redruth - Photography, (sound)performance, creative writing.

Broadcast of Kinsequences - 2022 - Broadcast of performance - Radia network & Soundart Radio (Dartington)

Mix Tape group show - 2022 - Leadworks, Plymouth - The Ages of the Eye, selected works. Catalogue Link - https://indd.adobe.com/view/1230cb0e-5832-44b9-9c82-4c3b19beba48

How Long Group Show - CAMP 2022 - Essex 1976/1999 - Red Dad

Mammoth/Stand - The Climate Art Collection, Berlin - https://www.climateartcollection.com/artworks/gmpWPHOOFoCbrWXbNdC1

Revenant Photonics  - December 2023, Jan 2024 - Solo Show - 37 Looe st/ButCH - Bureaux for the Contemporary and Historic, Plymouth 

Featured & Awards

IPA's  - Honorable mentions 2014 & 2016

Source magazine - Class of 2018 - Postgraduate

Millennium Images  - Representation since 2014

Femlens featured Photographer

Cinewomen publication - Women In Film - Winner 2018 art film category for "Reality Thins"

Saatchi Gallery - Work/prints available from here. 

Album artworks - 2019/2021. 

Picture of a memory and extra ordinary experience. 1980's. Trafalgar Square, 1990's out of body experience. Dual time Zones.

The imagination is a deeply consuming place, and yet its hold is delicate and fleeting, a moment of reverie can be easily ended by small external, or indeed internal, forces. A noise, a movement a banal thought, can remove us, only to return at a later time and the moment is lost or changed, never being recaptured in the same way, we have changed since the last visit. This is a phenomena that is attached to the photographic artefact, every time we revisit this place of memory it is different, here is the crux, photographs are not merely representational an aide memoir—they can be mirrors into to the imaginary. We are the mediators and we decide on meanings of place and is this infinite? Imaginings have perceived beginnings and the possibility of no end, just a series of visitations that are differing and open ended. The photograph is a revenant.

My research sets up and enquiry into the ontology of photography and the overlap with the ontology of matter. Exploring creative interventions, re-thinking the technological as a way of illuminating the relationship between matter, truth and the creation of representational visual forms. Exploring diverse areas of trans-disciplinary research will form the basis for an intervention in and contextualisation of photographies that acknowledges the molecular and quantum. Many disciplines talk in terms of the human and the quantum but can the photographic be a useful way to discuss a link between these spaces? The persistence of the visual and its saccadic motion within the human body create a unique question about the photographic and the need to ‘fix’ images in place. The surfaces of the retina receive discrete packages of information in the form of photons with which our neurological matter and receptors perform processes which decipher what we see. But as we continue to extend the possibilities of what we might ‘see’ with new technologies and our understandings of the molecular and quantum spaces--will this change our representations and also our perceived experiences?

The embodiment of person in place is central to the work on this website, although not being happy to be only concerned with Phenomenological matters. Elements of the modern and documentary have bled in through the fine lines and wrinkles. Like my lipstick, the aesthetic often covers the real. The spaces here represent the liminal, the interstices between my understanding of the real and my human reaction to the unreal experience of the everyday in an anxious fragile existence. My interactions with the land and places are both embodied experience and research. This research can, and often does, involve scientific papers, creative literature, memory excavation and politics. These things are present, look closely. 

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