Katie Ryan Donohue: Telescopic Viewer Print
Katie Ryan Donohue
12” x 24” inches
Description of Telescopic Viewer:
One day while looking for reference photos for a painting I came across the ghostly image of a small chair resting on the ocean floor. It looked exactly like the one I used as a child in grade school. It was then that I realized that all of the “things” used, choices made, relationships forged, food consumed, places visited, and on and on continue to exist in this world either as real tangible objects or as ideas, beliefs, and memories that become behavior patterns that continuously affect the choices people make. I have come to call it a “telescopic viewer” moment. Suddenly, looking at that discarded chair, things that were far away were brought up for close inspection. It is why this painting is composed in a circle. One thing leads to another. The chair I sat in as a child that is now discarded still exists, as do many other long lost items. We take them from the world and then give them back, but they do not cease to exist just because they are not used or experienced. I painted this as a reminder.
Get to Know the Austin Artist: Katie Ryan Donohue
I have always felt a strong interest and connection to wild nature and animals of all kinds, both of which are constant themes in my paintings. When I am not painting, drawing or teaching, I am spending time with my son, my dog and my husband.