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Available for public hire

2009

Artist

Alternate image of Available for public hire by Catherine O'Donnell
Alternate image of Available for public hire by Catherine O'Donnell
Alternate image of Available for public hire by Catherine O'Donnell
Alternate image of Available for public hire by Catherine O'Donnell
  • Details

    Date
    2009
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal, graphite on paper
    Dimensions
    150.0 x 430.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. verso, pencil “C O’Donnell / 2009".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    360.2017
    Copyright
    © Catherine O'Donnell

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    Catherine O'Donnell

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  • About

    Drawing is the focus of Catherine O’Donnell’s practice; her refined charcoal drawings stem from her fascination with the formal qualities of pictures, including perspective and geometry, and the rendering of light through form. Born and raised in Sydney’s western suburbs, O’Donnell’s central subject is the banal architecture of the suburban environment, and the stories it tells of their history and community.

    This drawing was made during a one year studio residency undertaken by O’Donnell at the Blacktown Arts Centre in 2008. The studio was situated on Blacktown’s Main Street, stimulating the artist to engage with the local built environment in a suite of twelve large drawings. Depopulated, the drawings show the shopfronts and their unremarkable rear views at night, lit by artificial light. The structures of this nondescript strip of shops, typical of suburbs and small towns around Australia, takes on a heightened sense of significance and beauty through the artist’s austere imagery and manipulation of perspective.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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