Sue O'Donnell : Memory Mapping
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Places 1, 5.5" x 7", Mixed Electrostatic Print, 2008
I create work that is conceptually driven by experience and memory. Through the use of images, story telling, and graphic diagramming, I create visual narratives that resemble maps or timelines. My constructions share hidden secrets from life events that explore the concepts of truth, memory, evolving emotions and models of certainty. Although the subject matter of my work is a self-portrait, my interest in memory construction reaches beyond the parameter of myself. My work questions choices that are made, the observable patterns that have resulted, and the hidden infrastructures that are revealed. What I hope to distill is not an ultimate truth, but a deeper understanding of the way we accept our own fields of memory by exposing and strengthening the connections we have within ourselves and with each other.
Sue O'Donnell, a native of Buffalo, is a visual artist whose work combines experimental book arts, graphic design, and conceptual narratives. Recent additions to her national exhibition record include Connect, a Prospect.1 satellite exhibition in New Orleans and Between the Lines an exhibition of artists using words at Art Sites in Riverhead, NY. She is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and artist residencies and is a member of the Western NY Book Arts Collaborative. O'Donnell earned her BA degree in Studio Art at the University of Buffalo and her MFA degree in Visual Arts at Purchase College in 2002 after having worked for many years as a freelance graphic designer and digital consultant in Buffalo. She joined the faculty at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where she teaches digital art and design fundamentals. She has also taught at Southeastern Louisiana University, Purchase College, and Manhattanville College. She currently lives and works in Bloomsburg, PA.
This exhibition is funded in part by Bloomsburg University Research and Disciplinary Grant