We are pleased to announce an exhibition Moving Continents series #2 by Debbie Donnelly on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.
Debbie Donnelly lives and works in New Zealand, received Masters in Education, Victoria University College of Education, Wellington.
Specialist in art textiles Donnelly is a practitioner and mentor since completing post graduate studies for Te Auaha Whitireia NZ Institute of Creativity, lecturing in Applied Arts. As a recipient of 2018 New Zealand Japan Exchange programme grant and Creative NZ and Asia New Zealand Foundation grants this has provided stimulus for experiencing cultural interplay. New works on interpretations of cultural identity are mixed with migration and situatedness.
As an inter-disciplinary artist Donnelly uses auto-ethnography; a self-narrative that critiques the situatedness of self with others in social and environmental contexts.
New work based on observations, art processes, exhibition and audience interaction create experiences for informing environmentally located materials and social arts issues.
Here are some words from the artist herself.
This continuing exploration of Yotsugi family history has led me to several locations in Takehara, Hiroshima and Kure before making work in Itoshima. This current experience has revealed the power of environment and family ties lost and renewed over a 25-75 year period. The curiousity of Japanese family connections and stories of immigration to New Zealand increases over time for new generations. As a mid career artist I look back and synthesize several explorations in Japan – using historical artefacts provided by family and friends of lost photos and letters, signage then and now and childhood memories form the basis for this textile work in progress.
Debbie Donnelly “Moving Continents series #2”
Exhibition style: textile exploration
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.