“I am interested in the concept of cruel fate and the idea of the tragic heroine, much like Thomas Hardy’s Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles, whose unrelenting kindness and pure intentions are mercilessly rewarded with misery and injustice to the point of tragedy. My work is an expression of my own personal fears and grievances. It is a testament to the dread I feel in anticipation of adverse yet inevitable events and my lamentation at past sorrows. My pieces often exist as metaphors for punishment; punishment for hidden feelings and secret deeds.”
Narrative is important in Donoghue’s work and she draws inspiration and imagery from folklore, fairytales, mythology, religion and literature. Adoption of elements and ideas from such sources cements the foundations of her constructed reality giving it depth, a past and a sense of history. The artist invites the viewer to join her, offering them a surreal world that their imaginations may explore. A world in which the lines between the real and the fantastical are indefinite, thus forcing them to question its truth, just as myth and legend in the minds of many often transpire as history.