Sunday, September 25, 2016

'Entwined III' wins The Edge Digital Art Award - QRAA

Entwined III, 2016, donna davis, pigment print on fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.  
I am very pleased to announce that my work 'Entwined III' has just won The Edge Digital Art Award as part of Flying Arts, Queensland Regional Art Awards.  The work has also been selected together with 35 other artists to tour the state during 2016/2017.  

Congratulations also to Karen Stephens for her work 'Noogooraville' for winning the Flying Arts For Life Award (major prize) and all the other artists who have won awards and been selected for the touring show. To check out the full list please visit:

Once again, thank you to the team at Flying Arts for their dedication and support to regional artists of Queensland. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming art-science exhibition at Eco Science Precinct: 8 August - 2 September 2016

Truncated_i, donna davis, 2016, pigment print on fine art rag.  Image courtesy of the artist.  
This work explores our connection and understanding of the natural world; using symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi as the muse.

The physical forms were constructed by weaving images of fungi onto fallen tree branches, using discarded thread from industry waste; to reference the idea of a closed loop ecosystem. These forms were then digitally captured and interlaced to portray just one of the many important ecological processes in the natural world, mycorrhizal associations; where the roots of plants and the mycelium of fungi connect to share nutrient pathways.

The work simultaneously presents both above and below perspectives, to reflect notions of 'seen' and 'unseen', 'known' and 'unknown'; referencing the complexities of understanding ecological systems, which in turn informs our sense of value for sustainable practices.

The work reminds us of the dynamic and interconnected sphere of nature, inviting us to consider a holistic, rather than truncated view of our ecology.

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This work will be just one of the works on display at the upcoming Eco Sciences Artist-in-Residence 2016 exhibition from 8 August - 2 September 2016.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

ABC 612 Interview with David Curnow about my 'Unseen' project

To hear more about my 'Unseen' Project, have a listen to the radio interview between myself, Nigel Fechner (Senior Botanist, Qld Herbarium) and David Curnow (ABC).
ABC 612 Evenings with David Curnow: "What-happens-when-art-and-science-collide?"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Harvest II on exhibition at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery

'Harvest II', 2016, donna davis, pigment print on fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.
My work 'Harvest II' is currently on display at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery as part of the Noosa Art Prize. The exhibition will run until 26 June 2016.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Artwork selected for the Stanthorpe Art Prize

I am super excited to announce that I have had an artwork selected as a finalist in the upcoming Stanthorpe Art Prize 2016. The exhibition will open on 3 June 2016 and run through until 22 July 2016.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Artwork Selected as finalist for the upcoming Noosa Art Prize

I am very excited to announce that my work "Harvest II" has recently been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Noosa Art Prize.  The exhibition opens on 6 May and will run until 26 June, for more details visit:  Noosa Art Prize

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Artwork from my 'Unseen' project selected from 'People & Places' exhibition

Landscape Intervention 1, donna davis, 2015, pigment print on hahnemuhle fine art rag.  27 x 30cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Artist Statement:

Landscape Intervention series explores the often unseen and ephemeral world of fungi; with reference to the endangered Swamp Tea-tree species.

My current project 'Unseen' surveys the types of fungi that grow alongside these trees in order to capture an ecological snapshot, and investigate possible symbiotic connections in this unique habitat.  The human size soft sculptures, created as a 'visual hypothesis' as to the types of fungi thought to grow in this landscape, are the muse for these works.

The works play with the idea of the 'fungi hunt', and the difficult nature of spotting fungi in this distinct landscape; reversing its prominence within the landscape in order to highlight its ecological importance. 

The 'People & Places' exhibition opens on 5 January 2016 at the Ipswich Community Gallery and will run until 22 January.