Catherine O’Donnell

Art Forms: Drawing, Visual Art

Residency Years: 2017, 2018

Lives / Works: Sydney, Australia

Catherine O’Donnell is best known for her drawing practice. Her works are an exploration of the architecture, culture and history of the urban environment. O’Donnell’s interests in the minimalist structures of architecture, the pictorial power of illusion, scale and perspective and the pursuit of a shared narrative are at the heart of her artistic practice. Each of her drawings, which are positioned between minimalism and representation, play with the nature of memory and illusion while at the same time disrupting cultural prejudices which prevent people from seeing the underlying elegance of these simple dwellings.


O’Donnell used her time at Bundanon in 2018 to experiment, develop conceptually and extend her practice beyond paper.

Established drawers and performance makers Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller took up residence at Bundanon together in 2018 to experiment with material for an innovative project to be pitched and presented across the Regional Gallery and Festival Sector. Their work ‘Hardenwave – our home in Absurdia’ was presented at the National Art School in 2019.

O’Donnell was also in residence at Bundanon in 2017.


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