Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Artwork from my 'Unseen' project selected from 'People & Places' exhibition

Landscape Intervention 1, donna davis, 2015, pigment print on hahnemuhle fine art rag.  27 x 30cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Artist Statement:

Landscape Intervention series explores the often unseen and ephemeral world of fungi; with reference to the endangered Swamp Tea-tree species.

My current project 'Unseen' surveys the types of fungi that grow alongside these trees in order to capture an ecological snapshot, and investigate possible symbiotic connections in this unique habitat.  The human size soft sculptures, created as a 'visual hypothesis' as to the types of fungi thought to grow in this landscape, are the muse for these works.

The works play with the idea of the 'fungi hunt', and the difficult nature of spotting fungi in this distinct landscape; reversing its prominence within the landscape in order to highlight its ecological importance. 

The 'People and Places' exhibition opens on 5 January 2016 at the Ipswich Community Gallery and will run until 22 January.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Beyond the Seed - selected as the winning artwork for the Sunshine Coast Environmental Prize 2015

I am very pleased to announce that my artwork 'Beyond the Seed' was selected as the Major Prize Winning artwork in the Sunshine Coast Environmental Art Prize.  I would like to congratulate all the other finalists and thank the judges, and also the Sunshine Coast Council for their sponsorship of this art prize.  See above the excerpt from the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Website, to check out the other finalists please go to Sunshine Coast Environmental Prize 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Artwork selected to tour the state in 2016

My artwork "Discovery" has been selected for the 2016 Queensland Regional Art Awards touring exhibition that will go to the following venues around Queensland next year:

Warwick Art Gallery - February
Gallery 107 Dalby - March
Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art - April
Roma Art Gallery - June
Munduberra Regional Art Gallery - August
Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery - November
Tablelands Regional Art Gallery - December

This work explores conservation of endangered flora species in my area, with reference to natural history collections.

Plants and fungi often build symbiotic relationships through their root systems, sharing nutrients to ensure optimum health for both species.  So I began to wonder whether our local endangered plant species shared similar relationships; and if so could this knowledge help conserve these species in our area.

Natural history collections and environmental surveys both past and present can assist in providing valuable data for research and conservation strategies; however often environmental surveys do not include the important world of fungi.

Here I have added fungi to the collection, presenting the specimens in a world of suspended animation, together yet separate, preserved in time and space to await inquiry.  Will new connections between seed, root and fungi be discovered? Could these discoveries aid in species conservation?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New work in the 'Unseen' series

Mycelium_5, 2015, donna davis, pigment print on hahnemuhle fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.
This series is the first groups of works created during my current project 'Unseen'.  This group of works are an artistic exploration of mycelium: the vegetative part of a fungus. My current body of work 'Unseen' is investigating symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi, in particular looking at mycorrhizal assocations. These works look at the intricate and beautiful networks hidden beneath our feet.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Beyond the Seed Selected for the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize

Beyond the Seed, 2015, donna davis, pigment print on Hahnemuhle fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.
The above work entitled, Beyond the Seed, reflects on the notion of grand design with reference to the power, complexities and interconnectedness of living systems.

Physically constructed from copper wire, to reference energy transfer, and then knitted into tubular filaments to capture the functional essence of roots; this physical form was then digitally crocheted together to create a dynamic interpretation of the intricate, functional and aesthetic nature of these 'unseen' living systems.

The living lifeline systems beneath our feet act like super highways to support life above ground. These complex networks are often shared with other species for mutual benefit, with plants and fungi often building symbiotic relationships through these pathways to ensure optimum health for both species.

With many factors affecting the potential of one tiny seed, this work reveals the dynamic and powerful essence of nature's grand design in its quest to grow and sustain life.

donna davis

This work has been selected for the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the exhibition will open 20th August and run until 11th October 2015 at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. For more information check out: 2015 SCAP

Monday, March 30, 2015

BEYOND THE SEED exhibition installation images

Beyond the Seed (installation view) by donna davis, 2015.
Photo credit: Greg Harm

Beyond the Seed (installation view) by donna davis, 2015. 
Photo credit: Greg Harm

Beyond the Seed (installation view) by donna davis, 2015. 
Photo credit: Greg Harm

Beyond the Seed (installation view) by donna davis, 2015. 
Photo credit: Greg Harm

Beyond the Seed (installation view) by donna davis, 2015. 
Photo credit: Greg Harm

My Beyond the Seed exhibition has now been demounted from the Richard Randall Studio, at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha.  Thank you for everyone who came along to visit - hopefully this installation will have a few more exhibition opportunities over the coming year. 

After a very short break I will be beginning my new project entitled: "Ipswich Fungi" (working title).  This project will involve regular visits to the Purga Nature Refuge, home of the endangered Swamp Tea-tree to document fungi that grows in and around these species. The physical documentation will be passed onto the Qld Mycological Society and Qld Herbarium and the visual stimulus and research will form part of a concept development for a new body of artworks.  More information to follow......