Samantha Donnelly's practice is primarily sculptural. She has a materials-led approach to making, underpinned by references to art history and popular culture - specifically photography, TV, film and advertisements. Her work is made through questioning, rephrasing and reworking a range of sculptural matter, mass-produced household wares, imported fashion bargains and second-hand finds in the studio over a period of time. Her way of making gives the work a strong sense of time which mirrors conventions found in the media (editing, cropping, elimination, montage, narration). This results in a fragmented / abstract / partial quality to finished work; some appearing relic-like and precious, whereas others are seemingly transient and momentary, on the edge of dissolve.
Samantha Donnelly was born in Manchester in 1978 and lives and works in Manchester. Solo exhibitions include 'Reception', Standpoint Gallery, London, 2012; 'Contour States' The Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2012; 'Workroom', Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 2011; 'Shoulder to Shoulder', Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2011 and 'Compendium', Vitrine Gallery, London, 2010. Recent group exhibitions include 'Tip of the Iceberg: Art from Up North', Contemporary Art Society, London, UK, 2013; 'Jesmonite on Paper', A3 Project Space, Birmingham, UK, 2013; 'Title', The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, UK, 2013; 'Jesmonite on Paper', Malgras Naudet, Manchester, UK, 2013; 'Have You Seen Dante?', Vitrine Gallery, London, 2012; 'No.3’, GlogauAIR, Berlin, 2012; 'A Private Affair', Harris Museum, Preston, 2012; 'The Shape We're In', Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2011; 'Fabricatecstasy', Jake Studio 52 Hoxton Square, London, 2011 and 'Perhaps Something, Perhaps Nothing', Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds, 2009.