Alison McDonald

Originally I am from a Victorian artistic family that nurtured my creativity from an early age.Now a practicing artist based in Townsville, north Queensland, I regularly exhibit new artwork at home, interstate and now internationally. My artwork sits at the junction of sculpture, consumer culture and environmental concern. The artworks invite the viewer to consider why the art forms created from multiples of individual recycled materials, embedded with history, are made of what they are. The recycled materials used play a critical role in conveying the intended connotations. My work is shown in group exhibitions in Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including Strand Ephemera (2005, 2007 & 2009), and in collections including Royal North Shore Hospital, Visy Education Centre Townsville and soon Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. Currently I am a candidate of Master of Public Art at RMIT (Melbourne) as I aim to extend my practice further into the public realm. I have also completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) in Sculpture and Painting from James Cook University. I then continued on teaching sculpture at James Cook University for a number of years. I am very involved in the Townsville arts community and am currently Vice President of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and recently had the opportunity to do a residency at Red Gate in Beijing.