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Untitled (Imrpint)

blown glass, light, 100x200x60cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach

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Untitled (Scry)

glass, 5x5x5cm, 3x3x3cm, 1.5x1.5x1.5cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach

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Untitled (Evocation)

glass, moon gold, light, 18x18x15cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach

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Working Through

Cast glass, cast iron, cast wax, cast paper, turned wood, gold leaf,
dimensions variable, each component 580mm tall,
Photographer, Will Styer

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Twenty One Days

Cast glass, 3040mm dia, each component 570mm long,
Photographer, Will Styer

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Present Moment Reminder

Cast glass, wood, dimensons variable,
Photographer, Will Styer

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Present Moment Reminder, Detail

Cast glass, wood, dimensons variable,
Photographer, Will Styer

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Enso

Cast Glass, 1010x150mm,
Photographer, Will Styer

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Karen Donnellan

Karen Donnellan makes sculptural objects in glass that reflect her interest in the concept of chi, or energy flow, and its potential for healing. The circle, understood as a symbol of perfection, divinity and enlightenment, is a key reference point in Donnellan’s work. She is especially interested in the circle as it appears in the Zen eñso, the ‘Flower of Life,’ and in Tibetan sand mandalas. Donnellan cites the writings of Alex Grey and Agnes Martin, the cultural heritage of Ireland, and the practices of Reiki and meditation as key influences on her work.

Much of Donnellan’s recent work derives from a single vortex-shaped wooden form, based on the auric field. Her method is intuitive and meditative, treating the repetitive nature of the work as a mantra. In this way, she aims at the harmonious integration of process and product, in order to imbue the work with healing energies. In the repeated practice of visually and materially transforming the vortex object, Donnellan sees a metaphor for the perpetual motion of universal energy.

Karen Donnellan graduated with a BDes from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2009 and gained an MFA in glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in 2011. She is now based in Edinburgh.

Collections

Murano Museum of Glass, Murano, Italy
2013 St. Georges Convent Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Morrison Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
Wallace Memorial Library Collection, Rochester, USA
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Collection, Rochester, USA

Selected Awards

2012 Future Makers Residencies Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
2011 Langley Kenzie Endowment Award, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, USA, Wallace Center Purchase Prize, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, School for American Crafts Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
2010 Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award, Cavan County Council
2009 Leonardo Da Vinci European Union Vocational Training Programme, grant recipient, EU

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Cercle, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2012 Essentia, Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, USA
2010 O, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester, USA

 

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2015
Glass in the 21st Century, University Gallery, Salisbury University, Maryland
           Captured Light, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
              The Next 50, A Studio Glass Movement Continuum, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, State University of New York, Brockport, NY
2014
Vase Vessel Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
          
Pilchuck Emerging Artist Exhibition, Method Gallery, Seattle, WA
          
Innovation, Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA, USA
          
European Glass Experience, Glass Museum, La Granja, Spain and Murano Glass Museum, Italy
          
Material Matters, Makers Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
          
MADE, Space CRAFT, Belfast, UK
          
Rian, Barbara Stanley Gallery, as part of London Fashion Week, London, UK
2013
Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
          
Moving, Neon Workshops, Wakefield, UK
          
In Residence, Evolution House, Edinburgh, UK
          
O (wee deaths), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
          
Videotheque|Make Shift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
          
Gather, Irish Wave, Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai, China
          
Future Makers, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin
          
Ireland Experimental Resonance, collaborative installation and performance, Edinburgh, UK
2012
Stanislav Libensky Award 2012, Exhibition of Finalists, St. George’s Convent, Prague, Czech
          
RepublicWorld Craft Council: European Prize for Applied Arts, Mons, Belgium
          
Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA
           GLASS: A Juried Art Show, Minnetrista, Muncie, Indiana, USA
          
Keep Going, Sure it’s Grand, Solomen Fine Art, Dublin
          
Redefining Poetry, Craft and Process, Gallery R, Rochester, USA
2011
New Living Art II, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
          
Art in Craft Media, East Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, USA
          
Future Makers Exhibition 2011, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
          
Design Tree, No. 27, National Design Week, Dublin
          
Winter Open Show, Rua Red, Dublin
          
Natural 3, Leitrim Design House, Co. Leitrim
          
Engaging With Glass, Glass Society of Ireland, Solstice Arts Center, Navan, Co.Meath
          
Hot Glass Divas, Jerpoint Gallery, Kilkenny

Contact Details:

Karen Donnellan


T. (01) 585 957 4607
E. donnellan@alfred.edu
www.karendonnellan.com