Donahue is from Texas but migrated to Boston and then New York to study art. Along the way, she also became a mother (now to two children) and this monumental experience continues to inform her work, which includes painting, ceramic, prints and drawings on paper. Her tableaux are largely drawn from scenes she’s observed in her day-to-day life, creating in her Brooklyn studio exuberant and delightful testaments that chart the shape, form and physical acrobatics of parenting, as much as finding the fun in raising a family.
“Made during lockdown, it originated in a series of drawings inspired by her experiences with having both a toddler and a new baby at home”
This exclusive A3 risograph print is limited to an edition of 100 for Elephant Kiosk. Titled Slingshot, it was made during lockdown and originated in a series of drawings inspired by her experiences with having both a toddler and a new baby at home. In this image the older child uses the new baby as a projectile in a slingshot improvised from the mother’s underwear. Resonating with parents everywhere, it is a cheerful commemoration of a covid year spent with children.
Donahue has provided the artwork for Charlotte Jansen’s column on art and parenthood in Elephant magazine since 2018.