Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Inhabited Space’, installation view at Art Gallery of NSW, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
Catherine O’Donnell’s highly refined and technically impressive charcoal drawings of the urban environment are a combination of social critique, formalist aesthetics and narrative. She finds beauty and a shared humanity in overlooked pockets of the world that are fundamental to the identity of those who occupy them.
This monumental installation refashions one architectural form, the post-war fibro house of Western Sydney, onto another, the wall of an art gallery. More than an anonymous box with a blank façade, it is very like the home in which the artist grew up and formed her earliest memories.
The work’s scale encourages a physical as well as psychological experience in the viewer. There are occasional, subtle visual interferences that imply a human presence suggesting a life, or lives, within.
O’Donnell’s method combines working from memory and photographs, as well as close observation. Read more.
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