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Sara Di Donato
updated: 01/04/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lather RInse Repeat
Pulley
Butterfly Harp
Cat's Cradle
Disappearing Act
I Wanna Be the Queen Bee
Dear Diary: Fishing Hole
Dear Diary: Stitching
Dear Diary: Cat's Cradle
Dear Diary: Braiding
Dear Diary: Voice Lesson
Queen Bee Performs the Morning Toilette
Spider Girl Lets Her Hair Down
study for Pinnacle
Pinnacle
 
Portfolio Keywords:  cartoon, domestic, figurative, gender/sexuality, identity, illustration, psychological, feminist, autobiographical, humor
 
 
Lather RInse Repeat by Sara Di Donato
Lather RInse Repeat
acrylic on shaped wood panel
2012
48 " x  92 "  x 3/4 " 
Pulley by Sara Di Donato
Pulley
gouache and colored pencil on paper
2008
38" x  50" 
Butterfly Harp by Sara Di Donato
Butterfly Harp
gouache and colored pencil on paper
2007
38" x  50" 
Cat's Cradle by Sara Di Donato
Cat's Cradle
gouache and colored pencil on paper
2008
38" x  50" 
Disappearing Act by Sara Di Donato
Disappearing Act
gouache and colored pencil on paper
2007
38" x  50" 
I Wanna Be the Queen Bee by Sara Di Donato
I Wanna Be the Queen Bee
graphite
2010
40" x  28" 
Dear Diary: Fishing Hole by Sara Di Donato
Dear Diary: Fishing Hole
gouache and colored pencil on paper
2008
15" x  11" 
Dear Diary: Stitching by Sara Di Donato
Dear Diary: Stitching
gouache, colored pencil, ink on paper
2007
15 " x  11 " 
Dear Diary: Cat's Cradle by Sara Di Donato
Dear Diary: Cat's Cradle
gouache, colored pencil, ink on paper
2007
15 " x  11 " 
Dear Diary: Braiding by Sara Di Donato
Dear Diary: Braiding
gouache, colored pencil, ink on paper
2007
15 " x  11 " 
Dear Diary: Voice Lesson by Sara Di Donato
Dear Diary: Voice Lesson
gouache, colored pencil, ink on paper
2008
15 " x  11 " 
Queen Bee Performs the Morning Toilette by Sara Di Donato
Queen Bee Performs the Morning Toilette
gouache, graphite on paper
2010
22 " x  15 " 
Spider Girl Lets Her Hair Down by Sara Di Donato
Spider Girl Lets Her Hair Down
graphite
2010
28 28 " x  40 40 " 
study for Pinnacle by Sara Di Donato
study for Pinnacle
graphite
2009
22 " x  15 " 
Pinnacle by Sara Di Donato
Pinnacle
gouache, graphite
2010
40 " x  28 " 

Artist Statement

This series of drawings springs from an exploration of the metaphoric and poetic possibilities of girlhood activities, and from the desire to create a world of characters caught in states of excitement, epiphany, boredom, or self-absorption that momentarily suspend self-consciousness.

The contortionist drawings and the “Dear Diary” series have been a way for me to investigate the connections between past and present, and the ways that we move both through the world and through our inner lives as girls and women. I explore how ideas, feelings, and ways of being are passed along both in the present moment and across time, creating a continual thread that weaves back and forth, and in and out on itself. The drawings depict a world populated with girls of indeterminate ages, of varied appearances, and from different eras, arranged in seemingly impossible balancing acts while engaged in endlessly repetitive, female-identified games and chores. These activities, meant as exercises in self-discipline, orderliness, and restraint, instead become vehicles for the subtle subversion of self-discovery. In the works, I want to evoke a sense of understated weirdness and quiet surprise, mirroring the strangeness of the experience of a changing pubescent body and moments of self-awareness mixed with physical abandon.

The different characters in my drawings are like beads on a necklace. Together, they create a precarious system where each is in some way dependent on the other, yet each is alone, absorbed in her own singular, inner world. They figures are separate actors as well as contradictory facets of a single psyche; spanning a continuum between self-awareness and unselfconsciousness, boredom and hysteria, power and powerlessness, pleasure and pain.

Artist Bio / CV
Sara Di Donato was born Naples, Italy, where her mother was a contortionist in a family circus. She is an Assistant Professor at the State University of NY College at Brockport.

EDUCATION
MFA State University of New York at Albany 2002

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011                                                                        Figurative Works, Eastern Michigan State University

2009                                                                          Alternate Selves, Lexington Art League, Lexington KY    Human Conditions, Morehead State University, KY     Works on Paper, McNeese State Universty, Lake Charles, LA

2008  A-B(o)mb, Bakehouse Arts Complex, Miami, FL Made in NY, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

Fresh Picked, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
The Artistic Domain, Delavan Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2007
Walk the Line: The Drawn Edge
, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia , NY
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
Group Drawing Exhibition, Fallout Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2006
Odd Girls and Other Wonders,
Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville, NY, (solo)
Character Study Concourse Gallery, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY

2005
Four Painters, Four Directions Tower Gallery, SUNY College at Brockport
[Re}Collections Arts Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY
Recent Work Butzel Gallery, Sayles School of Fine Arts, Schenectady, NY

2004
Selections from the Pierogi Flatfiles University Art Museum, Albany, NY
Extended Realities
Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
Five Painters CSPS/Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
Recent Work North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, NY
Transition/Transformation Center for the Arts Gallery, University at Buffalo

2003
Scope Miami
for Taxter & Spengemann (New York, NY), Miami, FL
Unplugged: Painting in the Age of Technology
International Airport, Albany, NY
The Spiritual Machine Rourke Art Museum, Morehead, MN
Women in the New Millenium Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

2002
Schoharie County Arts Council Regional
Schoharie, NY
Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region
Albany Institute of History and Art
Works on Paper McNeese State University Gallery, Lake Charles, LA

2001
New Directions
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY