Refusing to be pigeonholed, Donna Vokes is a visual artist working across several disciplines including printmaking, sculpture, performance, installation, and illustration.
Never shy to learn new crafts or skills, Donna borrows methods and ideas from dressmaking, casting, ceramics, carpentry and new media to create new works and selects a range of materials including special grade plywood, glass, acrylic, porcelain, fabric, plaster and metal.
Believing strongly in the value of being able to work with her hands, and doing most of the work herself to a high standard, Donna boldly utilises her existing skills such as weaving, French knitting, coiling, casting, screen printing and basic carpentry to create new contemporary works of art.
Donna was born in Winchester and studied Foundation Fine Art (specialising in textiles) at the University for the Creative Arts, completing with all 3 distinctions in 2003. After a short stint in Australia she returned home and perused self-employment selling paintings at local markets and exhibitions. A few years later in 2011 Donna perused further study gaining a BA Fine Art Degree, specialising in sculpture at the Winchester School of Art with one semester specialising in glass casting at the Australian National University in 2012.
2002 Foundation Fine Art. 2 year course. University for the Creative Arts. (Farnham)
2004 Moved to Tasmania, Australia.
2005 Returned to the UK and explored parts of Europe. Registered as a self-employed artist selling paintings/accepting commissions at various local markets and exhibitions.
* 2007 Slug and Lettuce Restaurant, Charity exhibition, Winchester (Solo)
* 2007 The George and Devonshire Inn, exhibition, Richmond London (Solo)
* 2009 ’10 Days’, City wide exhibition at The Old Laundry, Winchester (Group)
* 2010 ‘Hyde 900’ exhibition at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester (Group)
2011 BA Fine Art. 3 year course. Winchester School of Art.
2012 International Exchange Module. 1 semester, glass casting. Australian National University
* 2012 Beyond These Limits exhibition, Winchester (Group)
* 2013 Degree Show exhibition, Winchester School of Art (Group)
Following graduation, Donna will be exhibiting in a group show in London and has plans to continue to develop her current body of work with the aim to exhibit in 2014.
* 2013 SQUIEZE, exhibition, Bargehouse, London, July 4 – 7
Without this act of creativity or the tools to communicate (besides talking and writing) I see no point in being an artist.
I aspire to:
- View my surroundings with fresh eyes and see reason before judgment.
- Explore, deconstruct, experiment and research new ways of educating myself.
- Constantly push myself and my boundaries so I’m at the forefront of my practice.
- Accept changes in my life and practice and let the challenges they bring, drive my creativity forward or help it in a new direction.
- Reflect on my work on a regular basis so as not to forget my journey and learn from it.
- Listen to pearls of wisdom from those around me, but not letting these govern my practice.
- Educate others and share my knowledge and findings.
- Step outside and not let my practice lead my life, nor dominate it.