How do objects, memory, knowledge, and environment affect how we perceive the world? And how does that perception form our sense of self?
From diverse and discrete perspectives, my work questions how images are interpreted and contextualized to form our daily experience. My current series explores identity and its relationship to markers, patterns and meaning. I draw from various sources such as ancient Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, trajes de luces (suits of light) or bullfighting costumes, Japanese kumihimo (braiding), and facial recognition software. I am also fascinated by the literal use of patterns in design and in the form of ritual. At what point do patterns change?
Donnabelle Casis currently resides in Western Massachusetts, and was represented by Howard House Contemporary Art in Seattle.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Hunter Museum of American Art, among others. She received the Neddy Artist Fellowship in Painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and was a recipient of an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk. Her work is included in several public and private collections.