Donoghue’s breathtaking work is comprised of a collection of large-scale gyclee prints, depicting a series of strikingly lit human/animal hybrids arranged in black space. These images, born from pencil drawings, are digital creations. Transferred from page to screen, constructed from photography and then manipulated. The final images possess a sense of magical reality, underpinned by the suggestion of something more sinister and foreboding.
Narrative is important in Donoghue’s work, drawing inspiration and imagery from folklore, fairytales, mythology, religion and literature. Adopting ideas from such sources cements the foundations of her constructed reality, giving it depth and a sense of history. The artist invites the viewer to join her, offering them a surreal world for their imaginations to 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.