Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Works in Progress Display at Richard Randall Studio

Photo credit: donna davis

I currently have some 'works in progress' on display at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens @ the Richard Randall Studio.  This year's residency has been exploring connections between seed, root and fungi of native plant species.

The final works exhibition that will result from these explorations will be in March 2015.....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Generator selected for the 2014 Gold Coast Art Prize

One of my works from the Plant Room Project, The Generator, has been selected for this years Gold Coast Art Prize.  Congratulations to all the finalists - I am very excited to have had this work selected for the prize.  

Exhibition will open 6 December 2014 and run through until 8 February 2016 at the Gold Coast City Gallery.   

Read Media Release

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vital Signs - Work selected for the Queensland Regional Art Awards 2015 tour....

One...., donna davis, 2014, digital print onto transparent acrylic. Image courtesy of the artist.

I am very honoured to have had my work "One..." selected to tour as part of the 2015 Queensland Regional Art Awards, Vital Signs, toured by Flying Arts.  

Vital Signs was curated bt Dr Lisa Chandler will begin its Queensland Tour in February 2015 at the Judith Wright centre in Fortitude Valley.  Congratulations to all the other artists who have had their work selected to tour, I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Work from Beyond the Seed Project

Plectranthus chorus explores continuity and harmony in nature; using microscopic flora explorations as a muse.

We often look to nature to solve complex human problems; this work reflects upon the intrinsic interconnectedness between human and nature and the need to prevent species loss.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Escaping the extinction vortex - Cafe Scientific

Whether it's because of natural competition; climatic events or human activity some species appear to be trapped in an extinction vortex. How do we know whether a species is super abundant or on the edge of extinction? What can we do if it is teetering on the edge?  What does it matter anyway?

Join four very different speakers at Queensland Herbarium's first Cafe Scientifique on a journey of discovery and action - to escape the extinction vortex....


Artist - Donna Davis: An installation and presentation " A world without plants"
Queensland Herbarium Director - Gordon Guymer: What's on the edge of the vortex?
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Botanist - Jason Halford: Buying time from the vortex:
Ipswich City Council Environment Officer - Ellie Pobjoy: Escape from the vortex

Where: Queensland Herbarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
When:  Thursday 21 August 2014 @ Queensland Herbarium - 6:30-9:30pm

Sunday, August 10, 2014

National Science Week 2014

National Science Week begins on 17th August and Ecosciences Precinct will once again hold an Art/Science exhibition.

I will have three works in this exhibition: Plectranthus chorus; Ornamentation; and Threads of Life.  The official opening is on Monday 18th August and the exhibition will run until 22 August - if you are in the area you should drop in to check it out.

Monday, May 5, 2014

'Harvest' acquired

My work Harvest  featured in the recent Ipswich Art Awards exhibition taking 2nd place in the photography section and was acquired by Milanovic Neale Consulting Engineers.   This work is from my recent "Plant Room" series and references the endangered Planchonella eerwah species.

Artist Statement:
The leaf-like structure contained within the capsule stands as a marker of the complex dichotomy between humans and nature, consumption and power.

In reality plants are living life support systems for our planet, without them humans and life could not exist.  Harvest explores one element of this support - nutrient cycling as a result of photosynthesis.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Threads of Life

Threads of Life, 2014, donna davis, mixed media sculpture. Photo courtesy of the artist.
One of my first works that begin to explore the fascinating world of mycorrhiza - the symbiotic relationship that exists between many fungi and flora species.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Art as a catalyst - Ipswich plants selected to have their seed 'saved' in the UK

Here is a great example of how art can provide outcomes beyond that of the traditional gallery space and assist in environmental change and conservation and I am extremely proud and excited to be a part of it......

I was hoping that seeds from some of the endangered plants I have been exploring during my "Plant Room" project could be included into the Queensland Seeds for Life: 1000 Species Project (Q-SFL), based at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.  

Well I am happy to say that seeds from the endangered Swamp Tea-tree and the Plectranthus habrophyllus have been selected to be part of the Q-SFL seed collection priority for 2014.  I will accompany Jason Halford from the Q-SFL on the seed collecting missions to photographically document the process. .... 

To read the full story......go to the Beyond the Seed

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Work selected for the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2014

Plan B, donna davis, mixed media sculpture.  Image by Greg Harm.

My work Plan B was selected for the 2014 Stanthorpe Art Prize, the exhibition will open Friday 28th February and run until 13th April 2014 @ the Stanthorpe Art Gallery.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Plant Room exhibition

The Plant Room exhibition was on display at the Richard Randall Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens from 6-16th December 2013.  It was great to see so many attend the exhibition to view the work that I had created during my 2013 residency at the Gardens.  

For more detailed information on the exhibition, artist statement etc - please click the "PLANT ROOM" tab on the left sidebar to visit the Plant Room Project Page.