(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “Slow Motion” (September 20 – October 23, 2015). Slow Motion is an installation exhibition of work by Cincinnati artist Kristine Donnelly who hand cuts intricate designs into paper, resulting in layered collage and sculpture exploring time, space, and ornamentation. The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with Kristine Donnelly during the opening reception, which will be held Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be an Artist Talk at 3pm. *Special Press Preview Opportunity in the gallery at 1pm: RSVP by emailing [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Inspired by historical ornament and pattern, Kristine Donnelly creates large-scale cut paper sculptures. Her work is the result of a painstaking laborious process. Using a simple blade, she hand cuts intricate designs onto patterned paper. The patterns are an unrecognizable image inspired by wallpaper, lace, and geometry. Through hand screenprinting, Donnelly reproduces and repeats the patterns onto long rolls of paper, waiting to be cut. The repetitive motion, and choreographed act of cutting and printing the pattern, is both meditative and obsessive. The cutting destroys sections of the printed pattern and reveals fragments of designs and walls hidden below.
Rather than hiding or preserving its fragility, Donnelly’s work tests the tolerance of paper. Through cutting, stitching, pinning, and stretching, she pushes the material to its most fragile skeleton and beyond. As she struggles to transform such an ephemeral material, her work questions the function and frivolity of decoration.
Kristine Donnelly lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and teaches art at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Her growing interest in pattern and design was sparked by an artist residency in Prague, Czech Republic. While studying the ornamentation that saturates Eastern Europe, Donnelly began creating small cut paper collages from abstracted patterned forms. Her work has since evolved into large-scale paper sculptures and installation. She is the recipient of a Summerfair Individual Artist Grant. Donnelly has exhibited locally and regionally, including the Carl Solway Gallery, University of Cincinnati Galleries, 21C Museum Hotel, The Carnegie Arts Center and Taft Museum of Art.
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Gallery is closed on major holidays. Admission is free. For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314, www.msj.edu. Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.