Isabelle O’Donnell (born 1994 in San Diego, California) is an artist currently based in Portland, Maine. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art, and has recently exhibited at Able Baker Contemporary (Portland, Maine), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, Maine), Young Space at Standard Projects (Hortonville, Wisconsin), Space Gallery (Portland, Maine), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annenberg Gallery (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). She has experience in curation, exhibition planning, and art handling, and was a co-curator for Collective Actions II: Unity of Opposites at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, Maine), and the 2017 BFA Thesis at Maine College of Art. She is currently the Exhibitions Assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine.
Isabelle O'Donnell's work is concerned with pattern, color, and texture, as well as the continuing conversations concerning materiality and textiles as a means to explore and question painting abstraction. She draws influence from her personal history, traditional fiber processes, the natural world, and the saturated palette of mass produced consumer products. She situates herself as an artist within a growing lineage of contemporary painters whose work deals with painting’s intrinsic connection to textiles and craft, exploring its conceptual implications regarding feminism and labour, process and material, and pattern and ornamentation. Her work continues and expands upon these explorations through the combination and contrast of the varying mediums and processes of textiles and painting. This is visible through her use of both traditional and non-traditional painting surfaces and techniques in combination with textiles processes such as weaving, dyeing, and sewing. She seeks to combine these varying processes, materials, and motifs in order to acknowledge their correlations and explore the histories and disciplines that have shaped her practice as a contemporary artist.