Margaret was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumper Artist Hall of Fame 2018. This exhibition provides Margaret with the opportunity to showcase her exceptional skills and her favourite tree jumpers.
Margaret also applied her technique to create a series of works that explore the art of May Gibbs.
"I have always loved May Gibbs illustrations and so I thought it might be fun to replicate some of these onto canvas using my felt embroidery style. For this exhibition, with the exception of the boronia babies, I have only concentrated on gumnut and gum blossom babies and not the bush creatures - however I must admit that once I got started, I could have gone on indefinitely."
Wanton, Wild and Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection.
Townsville environmental artist, Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants, oceans and by John Wyndham’s book, The Day of the Triffids.
“Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers. My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability,” says McDonald about the touring exhibition.
According to curator, Ross Searle, McDonald is “greatly influenced by her location in the tropical north of Queensland, the material that most dominates her sculpture is plastic; and plastic makes up the majority of marine debris not only seen on northern shorelines but floating in oceans worldwide. Whilst the work draws attention to cynical and apathetic consumer culture…there is also great humour in the way these playful transformations engage our senses.”
“The exhibition has generated much interest and will be shown in 12 galleries throughout Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria,” Dr McBurnie, Director of Umbrella Studio, said. “It is bound to fascinate adults and children alike, inviting close encounters with the work, which is kooky, imaginative and, most of all, fun”.
“There are lots of talented artists based in North Queensland that we want to share with the rest of Australia. Umbrella Studio has been working closely with Alison McDonald for the last seven years encouraging her development as an artist, and we are proud to be seeing one of our members mount a national tour”
Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is 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.
Image: R.R.R. Alison McDonald 2012-2015 Individually hand cut and coloured recycled PET plastic rings 68 x 20 x 38 cm Image Credit: Aaron Ashley