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The Garden: Featuring works by Rachel Donnelly


The Garden

Featuring works by Rachel Donnelly

Opening Reception March 7 from 5:30-7p

Rachel Donnelly was born in Union, New Jersey in 1990. Donnelly predominantly works in the medium of printmaking, but also utilizes fibers in multimedia work. Donnelly graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She currently resides in Columbia, SC.

Artist Statement

I observe and record my interpretation of objects and beings constantly shaped by their surroundings.  I am particularly interested in exploring the similarities between the events in an individual's life that shape them and the natural conditions that influence the environment.  Much like a stone produced through heat, pressure, climate, and erosion, human beings are shaped by their circumstances. Similarly, two stones may begin with the same mineral composition, but exposure to the elements can shape them into two different materials.  Both are simultaneously a product of and a part of their respective environments.

Much of the visual imagery in my artwork relates to my personal experience with childhood abuse and post traumatic stress disorder.  I see myself in the weathered stones, a part of the landscape that is acted upon by natural and unnatural forces, bearing the memories of events in beautiful textures and marks on the surface.  

My studio is a refuge for personal exploration.  In an attempt to reconcile melancholic memories of my mother’s garden, I began exploring plants and flowers that brought me back to that particular place in time.  Both printmaking and embroidery inspire a meditative state during the creative process, allowing me to contemplate the memories associated with the visual imagery in a safe, controlled setting.  I have begun to see myself not only in the weathered stones, but in the growth of the verdant garden. In order to overcome the past, I have chosen self reflection, growth, and ultimately, the desire to create something beautiful from something hideous.

This exhibit will be on display until March 29th