Within his constantly evolving artistic practice, Micky Donnelly has continued to investigate the various constructs we employ to ‘picture’ the world. His use of painting, drawing and installation has been characterised by a restless attitude and a tendency towards an informal and celebratory approach to the complexities of everyday perception.
Referring mainly to themes of nature within culture, Donnelly concerns himself with describing the world as a series of contingent events and images that fleetingly capture our interest and then disappear, leaving behind a flux of sensations, memories, and associations. These allusive remnants often make little sense, but are, in fact, what constitute our awareness of place and identity.
Donnelly’s works, in various media, offer representations that are rich in these fugitive associations. While they remain visually seductive, they are hard to pin down because they embrace uncertainty and ambiguity as part of their continual opening up to other possibilities.