Thursday, October 18, 2018

 

Plastic fantastic? Artist captures a human love affair

An exhibition by Townsville-based environmental artist Alison McDonald will open tomorrow at Arts Space Wodonga.

Titled Wanton, Wild & Unimagined, this exhibition explores people’s connection with plastic and the affect it has on the environment through a series of colourful artworks that use plastic.

“Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers,” Alison McDonald said.

“My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability."

Alison 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.

As part of this exhibition, Alison will be visiting Arts Space Wodonga for Fridays on My Mind on November 2 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This free event provides a unique opportunity to meet Alison, make a triffid and learn more about her creative process.

The exhibition will be on show at Arts Space Wodonga from October 19 to November 24.

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums and Galleries Queensland.