Wanton Wild and Unimagined

Alison McDonald

Event Type Exhibition/Show
Event Focus Arts
Event Reach All
Event Scope Local Community
Price Free
Dates 15/08/2018 to 30/09/2018
Location South Coast Regional Art Centre
Goolwa SA
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Wanton, Wild and 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' manipulates 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 and 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.

Opening event: Fri 17 August at 5:30pm

Educational kit available for schools, teachers please contact

Gallery hours: Wed to Fri 11am - 4pm, Sat and Sun 10am-4pm