Catherine O'Donnell, 'inclosed land', 2011, charcoal on paper, 42 cm x 210 cm
'Still Life' is an exhibition at the Parramatta Artist Studios (Feb 27- March 23, 2012), which is curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian. This exhibition challenges the common perceptions of the still life genre, from the kitchen table to the streets of Western Sydney, and darts around the tradition of motionless composition.
The exhibition features contemporary works by Catherine O’Donnell, Sarah Goffman, Helena Leslie and Naomi Oliver, that utilise emotive stillness, clustered objects and arrangements of light and shadow to inject currency into convention. This exhibition was opened by Anne Loxley, C3West Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art.
Catherine is also showing in the 2012 Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing. This annual exhibition is an acquisitive drawing prize judged by art critic John McDonald, who shortlisted 48 artworks for exhibition from more than 420 entries from across Australia. Alongside Catherine in this exhibition is fellow NADC Fine Arts teacher Tim Allen.
The exhibited drawings reflect the broad range of contemporary Australian artists’ approaches to drawing.
Catherine O' Donnell, Shared Zone, 2011 charcoal on paperIn addition to these two achievements, Catherine's solo exhibition,'Venetian Visions' is a touring the east coast of Australia, and currently showing at the Grafton Regional Gallery.