Biography and Statement:
Lisa O’Donnell was born in Galway in 1986. She graduated from GMIT in Galway in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. She is currently based in London and is studying for her MA Fine Art in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include CSM MA Interim show in V22, Bermondsey, London, Female Irish Artists at Five Years Gallery, Hackney, London and Manifest at Kinsale Arts Festival 2011, Cork.
Her practice revolves predominantly around painting, however she often makes work in other mediums including, video animation and photography. It is with a painters frame of mind that she approaches other formats and she sees her video animations as an extension of the paintings.
Her process includes to some extent the process of circulation where source imagery is filtered though mediums including film and photography. The filtration adds layers of distance between the viewer and the scene depicted. Her choice of imagery has not been geared towards the spectacular but more towards an image that has a sense of ambiguity that can be transferred into a new work. She is drawn to enigmatic scenes where her interpretation is the starting point for the viewer to make their own conclusions. Most of the works act not as individual pieces but as part of a hybrid.
The Polaroid offers a filter for issues and personal interests. It is a cultural artifact that is for the artist, a filter of images that aesthetically as well as metaphorically reminds her of a different time.