I am a collector, but instead of objects, I collect images: photos of people and objects from old books, instructional manuals, cookbooks, and magazines.and photos that I take myself of steamrollers, Virgin Mary statuettes and skies. I see the world as potential parts of a collage – possible interesting backdrops or funky main characters. While I collect the images I also collect data: information, historical facts, news and current events. I’m a news junkie, and while some of the news makes me enraged, some news makes me see the absurdity of it all.
With all these images I create amusing yet sobering, dream-like digital collages with my favorite tool, Adobe Photoshop. I research topics and then juxtapose artwork and text with vintage graphics to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. I examine such issues as feminism, gender, women’s issues, politics, war, the environment and more. My goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment. If I can educate or affect just one viewer to question our culture, then I feel I have accomplished my goal. The resulting pieces are fun and amusing, but rarely “preachy.” Are we having fun yet?
You can see more of my work at www.donnacat.com
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My book of my artwork is available: “Do We Have Enough Stuff Yet, Visual Comments on Popular Culture” You can find it at lulu.com