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Friday 17 September 2021
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Alison McDonald

At Home Artist In Residence (AHAIR)
4-17 June 2020, Jensen, Townsville, QLD

Alison McDonald was one of the three AHAIRs in the 2020 COVID-responsive program. Her project Waiting for Go responded directly to that time period.

Project Summary
“Waking me at night was a list of COVID-19 related words, I wrote them down. I was not sure why, but I wanted to utilise these into an artwork about this current time. Perhaps I was trying to find order amongst the disorder in current lives.  My choice of medium to work with for my 14 day at home artist-in-residency, also links with my conceptual profile. It is slices of emerald green anodised aluminium waste from a JCU building, but slightly different extrusions and shapes, echoing my view of people and countries in the world today and their individual capacity to cope at a time of crisis.”

Art in Isolation
In partnership with Umbrella, local filmmaker Ben Cocklin recently created a short film in conjunction with Alison McDonald's residency. Ben spoke with Alison to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on her life and artistic practice.
Directed, shot and edited by Ben Cocklin | Production Assistant: Marjorie Cutting

Alison McDonald, Waiting for go, 2020, Reused anodised aluminium etched, copper, sterling silver, titanium, stainless steel, brass and wood, 20 x 47 x 46cm. Image 1 courtesy the artist. This COVID-responsive artwork was created as part of the AHAIR project and exhibited in the 2020 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize.

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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.