Beginning in the early 1990s, Cheryl Donegan combined video, painting, and performance to confront issues of sex, gender, and the creative process. The artist’s body was prominently featured as both agent and image in iconic videos of that period. In her current work, these themes continue, yet a contemporary moment is defined: identity, previously described as ‘body’, is now interpreted as clothing, fashion, and technology. ‘Self’ is defined by ‘surface’.
Cheryl Donegan received her B.F.A. in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. at Hunter College in New York. She was an artist-in-residence at ART/OMI, and Banff Center for Fine Arts, Alberta, Canada. Her work has been exhibited widely in museums, galleries, and festivals including the 1993 Venice Biennale, the 1995 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the 1995 Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, White Columns, the New York Film and Video Festival, and the New Museum, including Cheryl Donegan: Scenes + Commercials, a solo exhibition, January - April, 2016. She lives and works in New York City.