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Thursday 01 June 2023

Belonging: Memory and Loss

7 July 2023 - 13 August 2023

Belonging: Memory and Loss

Alison McDonald

Alison McDonald, Home Sweet Home, 2022, Discarded flood parquetry, aluminium, silk cord and key, brass fixings (from Alan Valentine) and steel, 26 x 14 x 13cm. Photograph: Alison McDonald.

The exhibition was inspired by moving from home to home many times with her family and experiencing associated loss. McDonald conveys these feelings of loss and memory to once fashionable (but now abandoned) domestic objects from around the era of the artist's birth.

Alison McDonald is a Townsville-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work sits at the junction of consumer culture and environmental concern. McDonald’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including Sculpture by the Sea and Strand Ephemera (2015 winner). She has been artist in residence at Aberystwyth, Wales with an Arts Qld Career Development Grant and twice a resident in RedGate, Beijing. Her solo exhibition Wanton, Wild & Unimagined toured to 13 galleries around Australia (2016-2019).

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.


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