2 – 19 September 2015: Bethany O’Donnell – The Disquiet Up There


Bethany O'Donnell, All Hands In, 2015, watercolour on paper, 38cm x 28cm

Bethany O’Donnell, All Hands In, 2015, watercolour on paper, 38cm x 28cm

The Disquiet Up There is a negotiation of the artist’s own internal dialogue. It is an attempt to express the self-analysis and conflicts that are played out daily in her head. The figures depicted embody this discourse, as they duplicate, merge, emerge from and hide within themselves. Each drawing captures snippets of conversations the artist is having with herself. It is a plight she hopes we can all relate to. That we all in some measure grapple with an inner monologue that can cloud our judgment and reason.

The reoccurring motif of the smiley face plastered on these otherwise melancholy figures, puts into play an interest in the junctures between the inner and outer world; surface and interior; private and public.

Born in Sydney, Bethany is a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts. She has exhibited at galleries nationally including Trocadero, Rubicon, Seventh, C3 Contemporary and Mori and was also included in the biennial 2012 NotFair. Bethany currently lives and works in Melbourne.