‘Another Place’ was exhibited in Catherine O’Donnell’s 2021 exhibition Another Dawn, presenting a series of drawings and small-scale models of mid-century brick housing, drawn curtains and open windows. It is a continuation of Catherine’s enquiry into windows and moments of suspended narratives within these lived-in spaces. Each drawing contains a pitch-black passageway as a psychological entry point for the viewer to imagine or remember personal and shared experiences.
The buildings in this series reference housing in the Inner-Western suburbs of Sydney. This uniform architecture can be found almost everywhere, throughout New South Wales. The drawings imply social and political notions of low-income housing. It explores the complexities of the meaning of home, beyond a simple shelter, through the vernacular. Liz Marshall notes that “the home is a place of socialisation, or alternatively refuge; a signifier of our identity, a vehicle for self-expression and holder of our personal memories.” in her essay on Fibro Facade.
O’Donnell has held solo exhibitions at; Carriageworks, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Grafton Regional Gallery, Blacktown Art Centre, Murray Art Museum Albury, Penrith Regional Gallery, and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, and the National Art School. She also held a solo exhibition at the Pataka Museum in New Zealand as a part of the NZ International Arts Festival (2010). O’Donnell has been awarded the Gosford Art Prize (2020), Waverley Art Prize (2020), Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship (2017), Hazelhurst Art on Paper (2015), City of Hobart Art Prize (2011), and the Albury Art Prize (2009) where she was awarded First Prize International Art Residency.
O’Donnell’s works are acquired by notable collections around Australia and New Zealand; including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Penrith Regional Gallery, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Collection, Grafton Regional Gallery, Murray Art Museum Albury, Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Pataka Museum in Porirua in New Zealand, Blacktown City Council, Mosman Art Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, and numerous private collections.