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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

AHAIR Public Program – Alison McDonald Studio Q&A
5pm Wednesday 17 June 2020, live-streamed on our facebook.

Work in progress images

Completed artwork

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 is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.