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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

DONNA M MCCULLOUGH

DONNA M MCCULLOUGH

Artist Work

Zoey
54x17x13
Steel
Ophelia
2013
Steel
57hx 24 w x 15 s
Heat Wave
2013
Steel and screening
58x27x16

Artist Information

County
Carroll County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

Fashion is well known as a reliable reflection of cultural trends and historical events. On a personal level, it has become my creative vehicle for exploring the emotional roller coaster of life. My inspiration arose from contemplating the dichotomy between the perception of women as fragile, delicate creatures, and the reality that most women are defined by resiliency and steely resolve. I employ a juxtaposition of extremes such as lightness and gravity, suppleness and intransigence, to convey feminine sensibilities. Crafted of steel and embellished with flourishes of wire mesh, screening, cut-outs and bits of found objects, the dresses are at once both elegant and imposing. I like the duplicitous nature of steel which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity—an expression in contrasts and complements. I work in series. Two current series include: ”The Kitchen” - this series, woven of coffee, cookie and other tins, delves into the intimate textures of family and friends. The kitchen is the soul of the family, the gathering place, conjuring up delicious smells, and fond memories. The fabric of life is woven into my pieces. “The Drill Team” - a whimsical take on our oil-driven culture and our passion to be members of a winning team. They are constructed of vintage gas and oil cans and resemble cheerleader outfits.