The following videos were produced as resources for exhibitions toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD).
The videos were commissioned by M&G QLD, supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
Wanton, Wild & Unimagined
An interview between Louise Martin-Chew and artist, Alison McDonald.
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.
Click here to learn more about the touring exhibition Wanton, Wild & Unimagined.
An interview between Louise Martin-Chew and artist, Kay S Lawrence.
Material Matters is the culmination of artist Kay S Lawrence’s PhD research into the use of ‘women’s work’ and digital technologies to address global ecological and social issues.
At the heart of the exhibition and the artist’s research is the exploration of ‘women’s work’ – needlework techniques and other textile techniques (m)aligned with females, including embroidery, knitting, crochet, and binding – and the inherent materiality of these mediums beyond their obvious aesthetic attributes.
Material Matters reflects on the process, meanings and potential strength contained in textile traditions and processes, being aware of textile tropes and the potential for making meaning through their disruption.
Click here to learn more about the touring exhibition Material Matters.