Plastic fantastic? Artist captures a human love affair

Alison McDonald has spent many hours collecting thousands of plastic lids and manipulating platstic bottles to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations for her exhibition Wanton, Wild and Unimagined.

McDonald, a Townsville-based artist, has taken inspiration from the human love affair with plastic - and that's not a compliment.

Having collected bottles and lids since 2008, she has seen a conscious change in the way people view plastic, but that it's still far too convenient.

"“Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers. My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability,” she said.

"My inspiration is plants, oceans and John Wyndham's 1951 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, The Day of the Triffids."

The exhibition is bound to fascinate adults and children as it's playfulness and colour, draw in the viewer for a closer look.

"I hope that it makes people think," she said.

"There is a certain amount of cynicism, which emphasises the consumer culture we have with plastic."

Exhibiting artist Alison McDonald is visiting Arts Space Wodonga from her hometown in Townsville for Fridays On My Mind on Friday, November 2.

McDonald lived in Wodonga in 1983-84 when her first husband was posted to Bandiana. She says she has fond memories of living here and is excited for her return.

"I bet a lot has changed and I'm looking forward to having a look," she said.

Arts Space Wodonga invites those interested in McDonald’s art to meet the artist and make a triffid as part of the celebrations

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & 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.