Fascinated by the role of women in cultural society Donachie’s muted and dreamlike paintings often contain the figures of specific people. In her most recent series of paintings she focused on the female protagonist in Marguerite Duras’ novella ‘The Malady of Death’ in which a man pays a woman to come with him to a hotel by the sea so that he can experience love. The paintings reflect the peculiar, heightened atmosphere that this arrangement might provoke; portraiture, snippets of still life and elements of imagined landscapes washing in and out of each other as if active elements of the narrative.
Selected solo exhibitions: Maureen Paley, London (2013) Maureen Paley, London (2010) Peres Projects, Berlin, Marianne Boesky, New York (2009) John Connelly Presents, New York (2006), Maureen Paley, Peres Projects, Los Angeles (2005). Represented by Maureen Paley, London.