23 July – 9 August 2014: Donna Lawrence – Straight Up

GALLERY 3:

Donna Lawrence, The Many Biases, 2014, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 75 x 100cm

Donna Lawrence, The Many Biases, 2014, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 75 x 100cm

Donna Lawrence’s work reflects themes of catharsis, isolation, prejudice and language.

‘I believe visual artwork can be aesthetically pleasing as well as being politically motivated or intellectual. I aim for both of these elements in my work.’

Using language and symbols Lawrence seeks to break down the stigmas connected to ‘the other’. The result is a body of work that seeks to empower through shared meaning and understanding.

Believing that prejudice is an issue that effects us all Lawrence hopes that this body of work will reach out to those who have experienced prejudice as much as those who have not. Straight Up will create an environment where some will find a personal connection through shared experiences and others may feel empathy and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that many of our peers face.

Lawrence has exhibited widely in both Victoria and New South Wales. In 2011 she had a solo exhibition at the Dax Centre (Melbourne) and her work has been included in several publications.