Andrea Donnelly

Cloth is a powerful conduit for the subtleties of our human experience.  I make cloths with great presence and great vulnerability, investigating psychological and literal relationships between our physical bodies and the world we inhabit through the act of weaving by hand.

The intricate and time-consuming processes used to transform thread to cloth are the conceptual backbone of my work.  I touch every inch of thread in the woven-painting-object-artifacts I create, imbedding imagery and forming figures locked within textile structure.  I paint woven cloth, only to take it apart then weave it again.  Through unraveling and rebuilding this visual language I excavate deeper meanings in the collaboration of tool, material, and intention.  

-Artist Statement, 2017

Andrea Donnelly received her Bachelor of Arts and Design and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2006, and later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fibers from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Her work is in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Capital One Corporate Collection and Federal Reserve Bank, both in Richmond, VA. She lives and works in Richmond, VA.