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Wanton, Wild & Unimagined

Alison McDonald

Exhibition

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection.

Environmental artist Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of plastic lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants, oceans and John Wyndham’s book The Day of the Triffids.

McDonald’s artwork sits at the junction of sculpture, consumer culture and environmental concern; utilising multiples of individual recycled materials to create new forms and perhaps re-shape our thinking about plastic and its effect on our environment. McDonald’s own version of the Triffids manipulate plastic bottles into large and colourful-looking plants to such an extent that their original form is lost, whereas large-scale works such as Flow and Global leave the original form intact so we can see the impact of small plastic items on an enormous scale.

By converting masses of everyday objects into visually aesthetic conceptual discoveries, McDonald’s artwork communicates the optimism in regenerating rubbish, whilst raising questions about the relationship we have with plastic and its supposed sustainability. 

Alison McDonald, Trickle, 2013, Individually hand cast and reduced recycled plastic lids and wire, 100 x 60 x 1cm. Photograph courtesy the artist.

Installation images of Wild, Wanton & Unimagined from Noosa Regional Gallery, Photographs by Your Life Photography. (Artwork at front: Alison McDonald, Flow (detail), 2011, Upcycled plastic lids and cable ties, 1200 x 700cm).

Alison McDonald, Flow (detail), 2011, Upcycled plastic lids and cable ties, 1200 x 700cm. Photograph: Through the Looking Glass Studio.

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Installation image of Wild, Wanton & Unimagined from Arts Space Wodonga, Photograph courtesy of the Gallery. (Artwork displayed: Alison McDonald, Trickle, 2013, Individually hand cast and reduced recycled plastic lids and wire, 100 x 60 x 1cm. Photograph courtesy the artist). 

Tour

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined toured nationally 2016-2019.

2019


Warwick Art Gallery, QLD | 4 July – 19 August 2019


Redland Art Gallery, QLD | 5 May – 23 June 2019


Dogwood Crossing at Miles, QLD |  8 March – 28 April 2019


Childers Art Space, QLD | 9 January – 24 February 2019


2018


Arts Space Wodonga, VIC | 15 October - 24 November 2018


Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA | 15 August - 30 September 2018


Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA | 22 June  - 5 August 2018


Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery, NSW | 20 January - 13 May 2018


2017


Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW | 9 September - 3 December 2017


Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD | 23 June - 30 July 2017 


Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD | 24 April - 11 June 2017


Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, QLD | 3 February - 9 April 2017


2016


Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah, QLD | 1 December 2016 - 23 January 2017 

See more of Umbrella's touring exhibitions here.

A travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program; and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

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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.

Acknowlegements

Umbrella acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.