Lydia Dona has collaborated with Durham Press on two editions: Fuel Injection and a portfolio of three prints titled Portraits & Speed in the Architecture of Desire. Both projects draw directly from her painting practice, using a similar language of appropriated illustrations from car repair manuals conflicting with bold, painterly marks. Detailed technical drawings sit next to loose and looping interpretations of them, all superimposed on an abstract background full of drips and vivid colors. In Fuel Injection, a diagram of a carburetor is cornered machine-like abstractions seemingly exploding from the background, while in Portraits & Speed in the Architecture of Desire #1 bolts, springs, and shafts are almost swallowed by splatters of blue and red yet the clarity of the technical drawing remains strong and assertive. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Dona explores the interaction and intrusion of machinery in contemporary culture. Her compositions reflect this discordance by juxtaposing structured and free, meticulous and unrestrained.
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