Sue O’Donnell, “Run”

Sue O’Donnell
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

electrostatic fore-edge prints, home movie stills, found frame
30.5 x 2.5 x 4″

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist that combines experimental book arts, graphic diagramming, and conceptual narratives. Through the use of images, storytelling, and visual mapping, I recontextualize memories into constructions and installations. These constructions offer insight into the connections, patterns, and paths that make up my history. Although the subject matter of my work is a self-portrait, my interest in memory constructions reach beyond the parameter of self. I seek to transfer familiar pathways of my past into maps and constructions where memory can be more deeply plotted. What I hope to reveal is not an ultimate truth, but a deeper understanding of the way we accept memory by exposing and strengthening the connections we have within ourselves and with each other.

I earned my MFA degree in Visual Arts at Purchase College in 2002 after having worked for many years as a freelance designer and digital consultant in Buffalo, NY. I joined the faculty at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where I teach digital art, graphic print design, and book arts. I have had a wide range of life experiences that informs my work and teaching philosophy. My past teaching experience includes Southeastern Louisiana University, Purchase College, and Manhattanville College. Along with a national exhibition record, I have been the recipient of numerous artist residencies, grants, and awards.