I am interested in what makes us who we are
My work explores the tensions between two worlds within the traditional American nuclear family, that of childhood and becoming a grown-up.
My cultural identity was forged by family and friends gathering around television variety shows and news programs, separating the Sunday newspaper into age appropriate sections and squirreling away with Highlights magazine while I was meant to be cleaning my father's office.
My work recontextualizes memories as content and medium into a new vocabulary to explore the self. I grew up in an era when television was the center of daily family life and my exploration of the self is influenced by that. Hegel stated that understanding the self comes from recognizing the other which television provides.
My intense color palette directly relates to the influence color tv had by making the audience feel like they were more ‘there’ and a part of my world. Color TV triggers imagination, raises curiosity and gathers millions around common themes. The collective experience of television and cartoons that I explore in my work summons the viewer to self identify, creating a personal experience.
Donaty, Colombia American was raised in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. After living in London, England for twelve years she relocated in 2006 to Florida, where she now lives and works.
Donaty’s selected solo shows include The Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum of Art, and the Paul Fisher Gallery in Palm Beach. Selected group shows; Locust Projects, Miami; The Armory Art Center, Palm Beach; Audrey Love Gallery, Miami and The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia.
Her work has been exhibited at international art fairs; Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, the American International Fine Art Fair, Scope, and major group shows throughout Florida. Her work is in both public and private collections in the US, and Europe.
She was an Artist in Residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Florida from 2015 - 2019, South Florida Ford Artist-in-residence 2016, Artist in Residence at Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India, from January to March 2019 and Artist in Residence at Frozen Music, Jaipur, India, from March 2020 to May 2020