Donna is best known for her use of vast collections of discarded aluminium kitchenware. Constructed from discarded kitchen utensils – plastic and aluminium teapots, lids, jelly molds, steamers, colanders, egg poachers and bottle-tops – her sculptures draw viewers into a world of kitchens both remembered and imagined. Donna is engaged by the stories evoked by these objects, and by the familiarity they engender in many viewers. Their original uses in post-war kitchens are recalled and extended by the process of assemblage, as they are combined into the repetitive forms of modernist grids and spheres. The materials themselves generate another layer of reference, and further extend the modernist impulse to regularity, repetition and dream.
Recent large-scale permanent public art commissions include Steam, 2006, Brisbane Square, Brisbane, Delphinus, 2009, KAUST, Saudi Arabia and Trickle, 2009, 400 George Street, Brisbane. In 2010 her temporary installation Re-entry was installed in Federation Square, Melbourne.