Donia is a fine artist whose illustrative work explores the ideas of altered mental states, personal psychological conflicts, and ones connection to the universe while questioning concepts of love and existence. A surreal context of human connection and mental stability is expressed through depictions of vignetted figures, drawn hovering in off kilter voids.
“I am fascinated by the psychology of humans and their perception of reality. I tend to explore the brain's ability to manipulate ourselves and those around us in all states of mind, whether as a result of psychosis or otherwise. Additionally, how humans often lay their emotions to blame on another organ, the heart, which only exists to pump blood and keep us alive”
Donia's graphic style comes from a background studying animation and sequential art from a young age. A heavy influence of Art Nouveau, Mannerism, and Rococo collides with contemporary illustration and Suggestivism movements. Her female figures are mystical, heroic, mysterious and ready to guide viewers through portals into other dimensions.
For Voyager, Donia presents a body of work that is not only representative of her own personal journeys but, in reference to the human race overall as voyagers through time, space, and conscious. From space dust, to microbe, to monkey, to the drug consuming, selfie-taking, internet addicts of today. Additionally, the title Voyager gives homage to the Voyager Space Program which helped Earthlings view and explore the outer planets for the first time and are the first man-made devices to leave our solar system.
Donia’s BBAM! Gallery show is her first exhibition in Montreal and in Canada. She is also a respected art consultant and independent curator, hosting expositions in New York, San Francisco and Orlando, Florida, and a regular contributor to various contemporary art publications.