The subject of my work is process, limitation, restriction and repetition. Restricting my materials and with a strict, mark-making action, I deliberately control the painfully slow development and direction of the surfaces. It is a twenty year investigation.
The mark is a horizontal line.
The substrate is paper.
Binders are limited to oil and cold wax.
Materials are restricted to ivory black pigment, graphite and charcoal.
The physical process is the monotonous repetitive movement of making lines by bending over paper, laid flat, and drawing the line or moving my paint mixtures across the surface over and over, again and again.
The concept is gemination: ”No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus of Ephesus.
As a process painter, I don’t believe my private influences to be particularly relevant in contemporary process art, but after so many years of investigation, I decided to acknowledge what is behind and always with me: the coal miners in my family working underground. Therefore, ‘Surface Work’ 2017-2019 is a homage to the manual labour of these men, who repeated their laborious, monotonous, restricted movements digging in the confined space and darkness of the deepest coal mine in Scotland, The Glencraig Colliery, at 610 metres below ground.
CV & Education
Born St. Andrews, O’Donnell is an award-winning Scottish painter currently working on the series, 'Surface Work'. She studied Drawing and Painting at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art and went on to obtain a Masters in Contemporary European Fine Art in Barcelona . After 18 years of professional practice in Northern Norway, she now has her studios in Andalucia and Fife, Scotland.
The subject of her work is the process of making it, inextricably linked to the concepts and actions of limitation, restriction and repetition. O'Donnell limits her materials to ivory black pigment, graphite, and charcoal, using cold wax and oil as binders on paper. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by such as The Scottish Office, North Norwegian Museum of Art and private collectors. Recent exhibitions include FAB 2020 Contemprary Art Festival, with Outside The Form and UFOFABRIK, Italy, as a finalist in The Verona Art Prize. This year she has been interviewed in contemporary art magazines, ART Habens Review, Reset Fine Art and Art Reveal Magazine. Her work will be shown with Rossacinabro Gallery Rome in Autumn 2020 and she has been invited to the XIIIth Florence Biennale in 2021. Parallel with her own art practice O’Donnell is a curator and from 2012-16 was Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway, collaborating with the National Museum of Art in Oslo, curating and exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 Designers and established international and emerging artists.
The Verona Art Prize, UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery, Moena, Italy, 2020.
LOST, Lacuna Festival De Arte Lanzarote and Festival De Arte Fuerteventura, Spain, 2020.
Lost and Found Booth, Curator, Kim-Ling Morris, Lacuna Festival de Arte, Spain, 2020.
The XIIIth Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy, October 2021.
Outside the Form. Curator: Anthoniy Val, FAB 2020, Fringe Arts Bath Contemporary Art Festival, 2020.
Colours, Grey Cube Gallery, International Online Gallery, 2020.
AFTNHS, Artists for the NHS, Covid19, Gallery Different, London, 2020.
POST, Curatorial Response to Covid 19, UK, 2020.
SELF Group Show, The Artists Pool, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 2020.
Housekeeping!, Group Show, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 2020.
Black and White, Group Show. Pineapple Black Arts Gallery, Middlesborough, UK, 2019-2020.
Surface Work. Solo Show. Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018.
BLOW. Collaboration with Claire Carswell MA(RCA), Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018.
Surface Work Solo Show. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain, 2017.
The FLUX Review. Art, culture and world exploration magazine. Edition 2. 2020
Art Reveal Contemporary Art Magazine, Edition 53. 2020
ART Habens Art Review, Article on Surface Work, Edition Spring 2020
RESET//, Contemporary Art Platform, UK, Interview and featured article, April 2020
Artist Showcase with New Emergence Art, 2020
Average Art 39, Surface Work 4, October 2019
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway.
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway.
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway.
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Galleri Nordaførr, Norway.
Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Horizontal. Solo Show, Galleri NordNorge, Gallery of Northern Norway, Harstad, Norway.
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway.
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway.
Transatlantic Connections, Society Of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Solo Show, Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton.
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin | Hull.
Group Show, Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain.
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling.
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain.
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh.
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton.
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy.
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh.
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol.
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain.
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol.
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol.
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh.
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland.
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh.
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh.
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy.
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London.
SELECTED AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Norwegian State Material Grant II, Oslo, Norway.
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway.
North Norwegian Museum of Art Collection.
Norwegian State Material Grant I, Oslo, Norway.
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Norwegian State Material Grant, Norway.
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London.
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize, ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy.
Clifton College of Art Residency, Bristol.
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy.
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rosyth, Scotland.
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh.