Drawing enables me to combine my interest in light and shadow, geometry and the commonly overlooked urban environment. It also allows me to explore the compositional potential and underlying symmetry of these urban streetscapes, using artificial light sources or strong directional sunlight to animate the buildings, allowing them to reveal their own story.
As in nature we find exquisite beauty, I aim to find transcendental beauty in the urban landscape, inviting the viewer to revisit these places and view them with fresh eyes, to look beyond the mundane and banal.
The realism in my work is not intended to be simply a reproduction of the visible, as I am interested in more than merely mimetic representation per se; rather, image and imagination, representation and aesthetic construction are all important parts of my final images.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1961, Quirindi NSW Catherine O’Donnell currently lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Western Sydney Institute, TAFE, Nepean College with Certificate IV Fine arts (First place) and Diploma in Fine Arts, followed by Bachelor Fine Arts (Distinction) UWS, 2006 (Awarded Deans Medal), Life Drawing, University of New South Wales -2003, Light, colour and Vision, Summer school, Julian Ashton Art School, exhibits work in local, regional ,interstate and international solo and selected group exhibitions, and has received numerous commendations and awards, Highlights include The Kedumba Award for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Hazelhurst Art on Paper, Art on the Rocks, Sydney, City of Villages, Exhibition, Blacktown City Acquisitive Art Exhibition, Albury Art prize $20000 international art residency,Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, and SCAP 08,09, Residences include Blacktown Art Centre, Historic Houses Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta. Scuola International di Grafica (Venice, Italy) and Casula Powerhouse.