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Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Andrea Donnelly
Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is presenting the
exhibit, Mindbody, featuring works by Andrea Donnelly,
on view in Gallery Two Feb. 4 - Mar. 26, 2011.
In weaving cloth by hand, Andrea Donnelly explores the relationships between her physical body and her mental space. She employs cloth as both a literal and metaphorical record of the body, by drawing on cloth's intimate relationship with each of us, and by the very process of weaving. Building cloth thread by thread, the movements of her body as weaver are recorded within its structure.
Donnelly's large-scale figurative works and her inkblot series come together in the exhibition Mindbody. In her figurative pieces, she paints an image of her body onto thread, and then weaves the cloth through the image. These figures and the unique qualities of the handwoven cloths containing them project emotional states and psychological landscapes. Donnelly's inkblot series directly explores the translation of body movement into cloth. The blots are created through a complex yet highly spontaneous process of weaving, staining, unweaving, and reweaving. The resulting binary image/cloth is a record of the making process, and as an inkblot invites further investigation and interpretation.
A Raleigh native, Donnelly received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Art & Design from North Carolina State University in 2006. As a graduating senior, she was a recipient of the prestigious Windgate Fellowship. She returned to school for her MFA in Fibers, earning her degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Fiberart International 2010, Almost Famous, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, and Multiple Personalities, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO. Her work will be included in the 2011 Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands.
Artspace, a thriving visual art center located in downtown Raleigh, brings the creative process to life through inspiring and engaging education and community outreach programming, a dynamic environment of over 30 professional artists studios, and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Approximately 95 artists hold professional memberships in the Artspace Artists Association. Thirty-five of these artists have studios located at Artspace.
Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the Raleigh Arts Commission, individuals, corporations, and private foundations.
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