Karen Donnellan's transdisciplinary practice is concerned with illustrating that which cannot be physically held.
She makes objects and installations that, paradoxically, evoke the intangible essence of things. While she uses a wide range of media, glass and sound are central to this endeavour. Glass captures light; sound captures vibration. Both mediums speak the language of the mystical.
For Donnellan, art lies at the nexus of light and energy. Glass is one of few materials that can hold facture in stasis. It is this temporary state that lends itself to ideas surrounding the mystical and mythical traditions from which she draws her imagery and bases her conceptual practice.
Central to her imagery is the circle—a universal symbol and a symbol of the universe. The circle is also a recurring motif as an invocation of the Divine Feminine. Her practice engages with a politically fraught world through works that envelop the viewer visually and acoustically.