Catherine O'Donnell - Drawn in Fairfield

1 Oct 2016 – 27 Oct 2016

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Brenda May Gallery

New South Wales, Australia


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  • Access by Bus #343 down Elizabeth Street, alight at the corner of Phillip Street, parallel to Danks Street. Buses #301-4 and #339 from Circular Quay, alight at Bourke Street.
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My drawings are an exploration of architecture, culture, history, and the urban environment with a current focus on 1960/70s housing estates. At first glance, the aesthetic qualities of these utilitarian dwellings may not be evident, these buildings are not always given the same value as other housing and have become a cultural signifier of lower socioeconomic communities across Western Sydney.

Through my drawings I aim to extract a sense of humanity drawn from the fact that these are homes, along with the more formal aesthetics of these buildings. I employ realism as a catalyst to ignite the imagination of the viewer and invite them to look beyond the mundane and banal. To revisit these spaces imaginatively and find the aesthetic poetry embedded within the suburban landscape, while at the same time disrupting cultural prejudices that prevent people from seeing the underlying elegance of these simple buildings.

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Catherine O'Donnell

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