Dowd-Smyth’s work is playful, earnest and absurd. She advocates for the DIY, with the act of making prior to theory. Predominantly a sculptor, Rosie’s work continuously refers back to her own hand within the work. Pinning down her work is hard, just as you think you have it she wrong foots you and goes charging off in strange but equally hilarious directions. The humour in the work is also tinged with melancholy – it makes us look at the weirdness of the world, our own ridiculousness and our unspoken fears. Finally, it takes a good hard look at what it means to be hopeful.
Information courtesy of the artist’s website.