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.
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.
About the Artist
Interview between Louise Martin-Chew and artist, Alison McDonald.
Commissioned by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This video has been captioned.
Tour Dates 2016
Moranbah Coalface Gallery, QLD: 1 December 2016 - 23 January 2017
Tour Dates 2017
Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, QLD: 3 February - 9 April 2017
Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD: 24 April - 11 June 2017
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD: 23 June - 30 July 2017
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 9 September - 3 December 2017
Tour Dates 2018
Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery, NSW: 20 January - 13 May 2018
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 22 June - 5 August 2018
South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa, SA: 15 August - 30 September 2018
Arts Space Wodonga, VIC: 15 October - 24 November 2018
Tour Dates 2019
Childers Art Space, QLD: 9 January – 24 February 2019
Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, QLD: 8 March – 30 April 2019
Redland Art Gallery, QLD: 5 May – 23 June 2019
Warwick Art Gallery, QLD: 4 July – 19 August 2019
Banner image above: Alison McDonald, Trickle, 2013. Individually hand cast & reduced recycled plastic lids & wire, 100 x 60 x 1 cm. Photo: Alison McDonald.