Untitled (Pink and Yellow)
Donegan’s edition for Art+Culture Projects is taken from a painting, which was in turn inspired by textiles. Hot pink and yellow checks at first glance remind a viewer of a tablecloth or other commonly used fabric. Looking closer, one sees the handspun quality of the color application, which is testament to the artist’s intimate relationship to the canvas. Since the 1990s, Donegan’s work has been associated with a feminist response to issues around the female body, art, politics and fashion. Here the body is notable for its absence. Donegan’s check patterns are an abiding theme that has now resurfaced in her forays into fashion and runway shows as art events. In these garments, as well as in the related performance events, Donegan challenges assumptions of traditional fashion production by creating designs that are gender neutral, worn by people of all ages and sizes, and distributed entirely online. Thus, this seemingly abstract patterned edition opens a dialogue into issues as complex as gender, beauty, identity, and the mass market, consumption driven society we inhabit.