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Lady Sheila, Steel dress sculpture
Steel sculpture with aluminum screening. 55.5 h x 23 w x 18.5 d Soft and feminine yet strong and powerful depiction of women. A woman's suit of armor.

Heatwave

Sculpture made of repurposed steel and aluminum screening
Sculpture made of repurposed steel and aluminum screening. Portion of steel had previously been an oil heater. Label is on back of dress.

Beryl

Dress sculpture made of repurposed vintage ceiling tin
Created of recycled, vintage ceiling tin. Honoring my grandmother McCullough.

Team Quaker Maid

Team Quaker Maid, created of vintage oil cans and steel. Resembled a vintage cheerleader's outfit.
New member of the Drill Team. Team Quaker Maid, created of vintage oil cans and steel.

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About Donna

Carroll County

Donna M. McCullough Born in Baltimore, Maryland 1954 Currently lives and works in Westminster, MD Fashion is well known as a reliable reflection of cultural trends and historical events. On a personal level, it has become my creative vehicle for exploring the essence of life. I employ steel and various metals to create my dresses. I like the duplicitous nature of steel which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity—an expression in... more

kitchen series

This series grew from "The Jones Girls" which was a tribute to my grandmother and her sisters who grew up on farms and they were marvels in the kitchen. I used new and vintage food tins.

  • Candyland

    Created of vintage candy tins with a wooden base.
  • Mixed Identity

    A bit of humor was added by using the bar codes of in this bodice piece. Mostly from tea and mint tins.
  • Tea and Strawberries

    Bodice created from tea and cookie tins. Life size.

The Drill Team

“The Drill Team” - a whimsical take on our oil-driven culture and our passion to be members of a winning team. They are constructed of vintage gas and oil cans and resemble cheerleader outfits.

Each piece measures approximately 55" x 17" x 15"

  • Team Texaco detail

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Texaco

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Gulf Orange

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Sinclair

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Invader

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Gulf XHD

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Esso

    One of the members of the Drill Team. “The Drill Team”, one of my current series, is constructed of vintage gas and oil cans. The individual pieces resemble cheerleader outfits, suggesting the complexities of teenage life and delving into childhood memories, all the while parodying our nation’s clinging relationship with petroleum products.
  • Team Quaker Maid

    Team Quaker Maid. Sculpture of vintage oil cans and steel
    A proud member of the Drill Team. Made of vintage oil cans and steel.
  • Team Pure

    Team Pure Oil, Made of vintage oil cans and steel. Resembling a vintage cheerleader's outfit.
    Team Pure Oil, another member of the Drill Team. Made of vintage oil cans and steel. Resembling a vintage cheerleader's outfit.

Garden Girls

The Garden Girls series celebrates the beautiful connection between humans and the natural world. The series began as a memorial to my mother-in-law who loved her garden. I created a piece to embody the idea that our memories stay alive and continue to grow even though the physical being may be gone.

  • Japonica

    Created of steel with metal screening. Metal has been given a texture to resemble patterned fabric. Inspired by Japanese Kimono's
  • Anima

    All steel. Representing the true inner self, a strong feminine nature.
  • Memory Garden

    The original piece of this series. Created when my mother-in-law passed away. She loved her garden and this piece was created to express that memories live on within us.
  • Ariel

    A tribute to a friend who passed too early. All steel.
  • Laura's Garden

    Another of the Garden Girls series. This piece is steel with an aluminum screen skirt. Inspired by a friends beautiful garden.
  • Looking to Spring

    Detail of piece showing the texture.
  • Looking to Spring

    Steel dress created as a garden piece. One leaf has been left on one of the branches in the skirt. Created in the winter and yearning for spring.

Flow

A constant stream, the flow of life, a symbiotic relation to its environment.
This series captures the movement and flow of events in my family and through my life.

  • Emily

    Wall piece Constructed of vintage ceiling tin, metal bucket and metal screening 29 x 9 x 7
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    Beryl. Sculptural dress made of vintage ceiling tin
    Sculptural dress made of vintage ceiling tin with recycled vintage lamp base. Named for my grandmother McCullough as a celebration of her life
  • Betty By The Bay

    Steel and aluminum screening. Describes the ebb and flow of water. The bodice and skirt have flowing pieces to emulate water. Named for my mom who lives by the Chesapeake.
  • Erin

    Erin. Representing the innocence of youth, full hope, full of life, imagination and joy!
    Erin. Constructed of steel. Representing the innocence of youth, full hope, full of life, imagination and joy!
  • Heatwave

    Heatwave. Steel dress sculpture.
    Heatwave. Created of repurposed metal and aluminum screening. Some of the metal was from an oil heater. The label from the heater is on the back.

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