Monday, August 14, 2017

Where Art & Science Collide 23 August 2017

Upcoming Event:  Where Art & Science Collide is set to be an evening of art, science and drinks at the Ecosciences Precinct!

Hosted by the Australian Science Communicators, SEQ Branch, "The evening begins with drinks and canapes and time to view the sixth Art meets Science Exhibition. Then you can kick back, relax and listen to our panel of artists and scientists discuss where art and science collide." 

'UnEarthed (Boletus)', 2017, donna davis, pigment print onto fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.


'Art Meets Science' exhibition currently on at Ecosciences Precinct until 8 September 2017

'Untitled (Purga Study 1)', 2017, donna davis, digital print onto transparent acrylic. Image courtesy of the artist.
The annual 'Art Meets Science' exhibition is once again on the Ecosciences precinct, Dutton Park.  The exhibition was officially opened Monday 14 August and will run until 8 September, see Art Meets Science - Exhibition information

This work explores the ecological narrative of the Purga Nature Reserve; home to an isolated population of the endangered Melaleuca irbyana species.  This unique ecological system is home to diverse range of interconnecting networks to maintain and create balance.  This creative representation highlights just some of the diverse and sublime natural elements of the site.  The work references a stained glass window to reinforce the idea of constructing a narrative through the act of looking. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Residency at SLQ 'The Edge'

Image of first trial laser cutting my design into 3mm Plywood. Image courtesy of the artist.

Winning the ‘The Edge Digital Art Award’ as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards meant that I could undertake a one-week residency at ‘The Edge’ State Library of Queensland.  I had previously undertaken some short courses at ‘The Edge’ so knew that this residency would present some valuable opportunities and skill development for me as an artist.  Once the residency dates were set I began researching equipment, programs and projects that ‘The Edge’ had to offer.  I was spoilt for choice, however as a multi-discipline artist decided that working in the Lab and learning how to use the Laser Cutter and the 3D printers was of most interest to my arts practice.

I am intrigued with the idea of connection, and work across a range of media including sculpture, installation and digital media to explore networks and relationships within the natural world. My most recent body of work, ‘Unseen’, explores symbiotic connections between plants and fungi, so I used this project as a muse for creating and trialling new works during my residency at ‘The Edge’. 

My first day in the Lab involved inductions on the Laser Cuter and 3D printer, and also a tour of the facility.  Then, thanks to the wonderful team at ‘The Edge’, began to learn new skills in Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Draw in order to design works that could be processed by the laser cutter.  Whilst I am quite familiar with Adobe Photoshop, I found Adobe Illustrator quite challenging, but persisted and was able to create a few designs, based on fungal root systems, which were then etched and cut using the laser cutter. 

I also trialled a number of materials in the laser cutter to explore creative possibilities; these materials included acrylic, cardboard, plywood and vinyl.  All produced very different results, however, the works that were most successful for my practice was the acrylic etchings and the intricate plywood design cut-outs.   I spent many hours cutting and etching to create a series of multiples that could then be incorporated into new works once back in the studio, these are still in development.

Overall, the residency provided me with valuable skill and professional development, allowing me to understand the capabilities and limitations of this type of equipment and opportunities available to do further work at ‘The Edge’ through their public Lab program.

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ABOVE & BELOW: Images of smaller plywood cutouts (multiples) and etched acrylic. Images courtesy of the artist.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Exhibition Installation Images

Installation images from the recent showing of my new 'Unseen' exhibition at the Richard Randall Studio, Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.  Thank you to Andrea Higgins for taking these wonderful photographs of the exhibition.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Unseen' exhibition to be launched at Richard Randall Studio

I have been busily working away in the studio creating artworks for this upcoming exhibition, designed as a touring exhibition and to be launched at the Richard Randall Studio, Mt Coot-tha.  Exhibition will open 22 March and run until 26 March 2016.

Public Programs will include:

1. Artist Talks daily @ 11am
2. Scientist Talk (Nigel Fechner, QH) @ 3pm Sunday 26 March
3. Opens days at the Queensland Herbarium to view specimens from the collection, that form part of the research side of the 'Unseen' project :  10am -2pm on Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 March.