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Body Blot #1 (work of art)

Artwork Info

77 x 108 in.
(195.6 x 274.3 cm)


Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art



North Carolina-raised artist Andrea Donnelly explores the dynamic between the formulaic methods of hand-woven cloth and the impulsiveness of ink in the creation of her larger-than-life images of the human body. Her art furnishes both mental and physical spaces by creating an intimate, tactile relationship between the viewer and cloth. She employs photography to create the silhouettes within her work, giving her art a precision that reiterates the meticulous process of hand-weaving fiber. Calling her work “a literal record of its making,” Donnelly uses textiles to replicate the process of creating a mirror image on paper with ink through “dying, weaving, reweaving, and unweaving.”

To create Body Blot #1, Donnelly photographed herself in various poses. Her interest in the inkblot effect that she creates “is not in perfect symmetry,” she explains, “but in the subtle to not-so-subtle disruption of that symmetry.” This vulnerable exploration of herself offers an intimate experience for the viewer and the artist as they both explore the form and imperfection of the human body. “Through passage of time and rhythm of repetition, the actions of weaving are captured and layered like memory in the buildup of thread upon thread,” says Donnelly. “As I weave, I submerge image within its structure. The density and transparency of that structure give form to both image and atmosphere. The cloth I create is a mental landscape, quietly inhabited.”


Tag: contemporary, artist’s process


  • Andrea Donnelly Body Blot #1

    Body Blot #1 by Andrea Donnelly