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Title

Inhabited Space

2015-2016


Artist

Catherine O'Donnell

1961 -


About

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.


Details


Date

2015-2016


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on three sheets of paper, charcoal wall drawing


Dimensions

installation dimensions variable :

a - triple window, 152.4 x 237.6 cm, 152.4 x 237.1 cm sheet size; 146.3 x 228.8 cm image size

b - double window, 152.4 x 179.1 cm, 152.4 x 146.6 cm sheet size; 171.8 x 178.7 cm image size

c - doorway, 201.6 x 152.4 cm, 201.6 x 152.4 cm sheet size; 148.3 x 192. 3 cm image size


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

193.2017.a-c


Artist information

Catherine O'Donnell

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history