Gallery / Collages

McDonald explores the theme of fragility in natural habitats through large-scale collages made of tissue and rice papers. Surfaces of the collages are actively tactile evoking layers of time and memory, and the delicate materials carry their own messages of transience and fluctuation. The translucent papers have been tinted with acrylic paint, then torn, crinkled, folded, woven and reassembled to create large, floating constructions that represent the fragility of threatened natural habitats. Their tactility is further enhanced with drawing, text and water-colour.

Remembering 7 - mixed media - 60 x 90 inches approx
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Remembering 7 - detail
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Mates series - panel 1 - mixed media - 54 x 36 inches approx
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Mates series - panel 2 - mixed media - 60 x 45 inches approx
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Mates series - panel 3 - mixed media - 54 x 40 inches approx
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Mates series - detail of panel 2
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Remembering the Land series - panels 1 to 5 - mixed media - 100 x 30 inches to 85 x 30 in. approx.
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Remembering the Land series - panels 6 to 8 mixed media - 82 x 30 inches to 70 x 30 inches approx
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Remembering the Land - detail
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Chrysalis - mixed media - 96 x 28 inches approx
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The Gathering - Crescendo and Fade - installation view of all four panels
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The Gathering - Crescendo and Fade - detail of panel 2
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The Gathering - Crescendo and Fade - detail of panel 4
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The Gathering 2 - mixed media - 14 x 20 inches approx
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Focus 3 - Monarch - mixed media - 14 x 10 inches approx
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Focus 2 - Tiger Swallowtail - mixed media - 13 x 10 inches approx
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Lost Potential 1, installation view 1, mixed media, H 8 ft. x W 12 ft. x D 5 ft. approx.
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Lost Potential 1, installation view 2
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Lost Potential 1, detail 1
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Lost Potential 1, detail 2
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