“I am fascinated by visual perception and how meaning is derived from what is seen. I look for hidden geometries which may connect disparate and discrete perspectives to form a greater whole. My current work explores identity and its relationship to markers and patterns. I draw from various sources such as ancient Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, trajes de luces (suits of light) or bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software. I am also interested in the literal use of patterns in design and in the form of ritual, in order to seek when patterns change.
“Filipino tribal imagery is tied to storytelling, marks of accomplishment, and societal roles. Spanish bullfighting costume colors and embellishments have deep ties to familial history and status. Facial recognition software maps physical characteristics which determine one’s visual identity. I filter these and other images to create my own configurations rich in a variety of interpretations.”
Donnabelle Casis lives and works in Florence, Massachusetts. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Andrew Edlin Gallery, ReadyWipe Gallery/Baustein Building, Historic Northampton Museum, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Howard House Contemporary Art, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), among others. She received numerous awards and grants including: the Neddy Artist Fellowship in Painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, Northampton Arts Council Grants, and was a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant Finalist. Casis earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. She received an Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship to attend Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art and a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is included in several public and private collections.