10.3.11

Artist: Andreana Donahue

Last week I went to see an exhibit by Andreana Donahue called Getting Closer To The Event Horizon.  After reciving her BFA at the School of The Art Institue of Chicago and furthering her studies at Temple Univesity in Rome, Italy- Donahue settled in Las Vegas.  Her primary medium is paper which she uses to create sculptures and cut outs that create the effect of shadow and movement art.

These pieces called Shrinking To Zero Size are made using a hand cut, with the use of an x-acto knife and have an illustrious sheen thanks to the use of enamel spray paint.


I really liked the piece titled The Year Without Summer- a sculpture made by stacking meticulously cut paper to create the form of a glacier.  This piece took about 40 hours to make.

In the corner of the studio on the floor is Lawn Fail.
Made out of paper- made to look like grass, in the center of the piece is a yellow patch.
I thought this was a comical piece as it reminds me of the imperfections on our lawn that Dr. J is always putzing around. 

The better part of the studio is encompassed with a wave like piece titled:
When Matter Meets Antimatter
The impact by size alone of this work is enhanced with the fold of black within the overall white work.

Getting Close To The Event Horizon is a reference to the surface of a black hole.
Donahue says: At a certain point, there is no way to control the force of it's gravitational pull, beyond which there is no return- People have an illusion of controlling what happens in their lives.

I personally feel that the older I get and by virtue of being a parent, the illusion of control lessens.  

24 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I can't imagine how much work each of these pieces takes. I do not think I could spend 40 hours working on any one thing. I also cannot cut a straight line so these pieces boggle my mind. The grass reminds me of our yard after my mother's dog visits and uses the grass as her bathroom, there are always round yellow patches a few days later :)

la petite coquine said...

Oh wow, what stunning work! I love the delicacy of Andreana's work!

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Thanks for the discovery... A delicate and poetic work ! Really nice and interesting !

Dharma said...

I think it is no secret that I have no control whatsoever.

I love that glacier! But, phew....who has the freakin' time?

sherri said...

wow, I really love her work. and what you said about it! thanks for the great post, once again!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Wow! The time that must go into those! Beautiful

Ninjagaiden78 said...

The Shrinking to Zero pieces are nice. I like the detail that went into creating them.

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Pearl said...

Fantastic!

Pearl

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Stunning, stunning work! Thanks so much for sharing :)

tulpen said...

So mesmerizing! Love all of it.

Stacey said...

Wow! Beyond stunning and captivating too! You also won the giveaway(just getting a chance to stop by to tell you). Please send me your email address so i cn forward it to the sponsors of the giveaway! Congrats:-)

Lady Grey said...

So fascinating! Imagine the time that goes into these pieces.

Kimia Kline said...

wow. this gives exacto knives a whole new meaning to me.

shopgirl said...

This is really stunning. I wish I could see it live. Hopefully one day she'll come to Italy.

Thanks for sharing this exhibition sweetie! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Krystal said...

those paper sculptures are SO impressive!!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ren, this is so inspiring and stunning!! Thanks so much for sharing. Also thank you so much for your well wishes on my move. :) Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Sarah B. said...

That glacier creation is amazing!!!

Renée said...

Wow they all look amazing!

Mo Pie, Please said...

These are truly wonderful - such a talented artist!

Valarie said...

Those are incredible papercuts. Just fabulous. I see something like this and I want to give it a go. Such fantastic sculptures. I love the grass.

ashley @ ashleynicolecatherine said...

those shrinking to zero size pieces are gorgeous!!

thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

xo.ashley

Jenny said...

wow! These are so beautiful. All of them!

vojacque said...

Andreana's work is stunning! very talented. i love the Shrinking To Zero Size pieces.

Skip said...

I did not think my ex-neighbor would be so talentid.

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