Nicole Donnelly

TITLE: Scapula
DATE: 2013
MEDIUM: clay, cotton, handmade paper
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 5 1/4″ x 5″ x 1 3/4″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: I found the timing of this invitation to participate in Ossuary particularly poignant, as I received it directly before the Boston Marathon bombing. During that event, it was shocking to me how easily swept away flesh can be from the bone. The strength of the (human)
skeleton is astounding, and that our remains may be preserved for centuries or even millennia is testament to that strength. I love the delicacy and strangeness of the scapula, the tiny wings of the flightless human, the bone that gave birth to the dream to fly.
In my artwork, I keep a conversation between media – working through hand
papermaking, painting, and sculpted form. Imagery often plays between the abstract and the concrete, suggestive yet undefinable. Handmade paper is central to this pursuit as I strive for the dissipating monument, the authorless mark. The resulting imagery and forms are as much a response to the materials as to my ongoing concerns about the state of the world, and of the natural world and its conservation in particular.