SinĂ©ad O’Donnell

© Sinead O’Donnell, Violence is in Me, 2010. Photo Henry Chan.

N. Ireland

SinĂ©ad O’Donnell has been creating performance, installation, site and time-based art since 1998. Encountering a place’s territoriality, and frequently referencing Ireland, SinĂ©ad chooses actions or situations that demonstrate complexity, setting up confrontations between matter and memory, timing and spontaneity, site and space, and intuition and methodology. SinĂ©ad O’Donnell is based in Belfast, N. Ireland and her performance work has been presented in Ireland, South America, Middle East and Eastern Europe. She is highly active in the local Belfast performance art scene, working with Bbeyond and other local organizations to foster performance art activity and mentor emerging artists in her community. This will be Sinead’s first performance in Toronto.

International Visiting Artists: N. Ireland

Spotlight on Belfast: Performances by SinĂ©ad O’Donnell & Hugh O’Donnell

Violence is in Me by SinĂ©ad O’Donnell
Invert Two by Hugh O’Donnell

FADO Performance Art Centre urges you not to miss this evening of new performance works from two artists in N. Ireland’s new generation of performance artists, Hugh O’Donnell and Sinead O’Donnell, in an evening we are calling Spotlight on Belfast.

The two O’Donnell siblings have often created performances together. However, in their premiere Toronto performance works, each artist inhabits a different physical – and emotive – space in the gallery. The work of both artists is exemplified by deeply personal image-making manifested in direct response to site, and a provocative use of (and relationship with) their chosen materials. For SinĂ©ad the materials are a stack of white dinner plates as tall as herself and a khaki green army helmet. For Hugh, these materials are salt, a paint tin full of milk, fresh liver frying in a pan, a single football shoe, a woman’s purse and a pair of gold earrings. Two words are painted on the wall INVERT STOIC? and his black t-shirt declares the word PATH on the back.

© Hugh O’Donnell, Invert Two, 2010. Photo Henry Chan.

Violence Is In Me by SinĂ©ad O’Donnell