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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 256
Minneapolis, MN
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I am a painter who experiments with natural colors and pigments with a variety of resist techniques.  I love to explore the outdoors, nature being a big influence.   My paintings are created on paper with handmade dyes using methods and recipes, centuries old. Each work is hand-dipped into baths to capture and absorb color while using mordants and modifiers to ensure that they will remain true. There is a bit of chemistry, research about plants, and seasonal cycles in my process to find the origins of color. Natural color from plants and insects is a tradition that all cultures share worldwide!   I love this about the process.   Some paintings may capture memories about the day materials were collected, the floral and fauna I’ve come across, and a little nostalgia for times past represented in abstract dresses.  In my work, I want to celebrate the environment and age-old traditions that are passed from one generation to the next.  

You can find more about me, my process, and works for sale on my website:  Through June, I will be donating 10% of all sales to Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank – sharing the love with art for others in need.  There are options for shipping, free delivery within the Twin Cities metro area, and curbside pick-up at the Northrup King Building by appointment.  

Emily Donovan uses natural pigments found in plant and animal materials to create unique artwork.  A Minnesota native, Emily is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Visual Art and Art History. Emily is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grants in 2015 and 2019 and she has studied natural dyes and pigments in through workshops and residencies in Europe and Peru. Emily regularly volunteers in schools and where she loves to share her natural dye process with young minds. Her award-winning work is shown nationally in galleries, art & nature centers and museums.

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