Sunday, October 9, 2016

Talk at the Queensland Mycological Society

'Untitled', 2015-16, donna davis. Image courtesy of the artist
I will be presenting a talk this month at the Queensland Mycological Society: Tuesday 11th October at the Queensland Herbarium [FM Bailey Room] @ 7pm.  

The talk will be about my Ipswich Fungi Project; a project that researched and conceptually developed ideas for a new body of interactive artworks inspired by fungi that grow alongside the endangered Swamp Tea-tree population found at the Purga Nature Refuge, Ipswich. 

I will talk about the fungi that I collected in the reserve and also talk about some of the artworks created along the way. The project saw me collect and document fungi that grew in the area each week over a 12-month period; these specimens were identified by the Queensland Herbarium and stored into their collection.  The project itself presented a unique opportunity to study fungi-tree relationships due to the particular habitat containing only one dominant species, the endangered Swamp Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana). 

This project has been proudly supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).  The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Ipswich City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.  This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi and the Queensland Mycological Society.

Lycoperdon sp. found out at the Purga Nature Reserve. Image courtesy donna davis.
Cyathus stercoreus [Birdsnest fungi] found out at the Purga Nature Reserve, image by donna davis.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

'Entwined III' wins The Edge Digital Art Award - QRAA

Entwined III, 2016, donna davis, pigment print on fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.  
I am very pleased to announce that my work 'Entwined III' has just won The Edge Digital Art Award as part of Flying Arts, Queensland Regional Art Awards.  The work has also been selected together with 35 other artists to tour the state during 2016/2017.  

Congratulations also to Karen Stephens for her work 'Noogooraville' for winning the Flying Arts For Life Award (major prize) and all the other artists who have won awards and been selected for the touring show. To check out the full list please visit:

Once again, thank you to the team at Flying Arts for their dedication and support to regional artists of Queensland. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming art-science exhibition at Eco Science Precinct: 8 August - 2 September 2016

Truncated_i, donna davis, 2016, pigment print on fine art rag.  Image courtesy of the artist.  
This work explores our connection and understanding of the natural world; using symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi as the muse.

The physical forms were constructed by weaving images of fungi onto fallen tree branches, using discarded thread from industry waste; to reference the idea of a closed loop ecosystem. These forms were then digitally captured and interlaced to portray just one of the many important ecological processes in the natural world, mycorrhizal associations; where the roots of plants and the mycelium of fungi connect to share nutrient pathways.

The work simultaneously presents both above and below perspectives, to reflect notions of 'seen' and 'unseen', 'known' and 'unknown'; referencing the complexities of understanding ecological systems, which in turn informs our sense of value for sustainable practices.

The work reminds us of the dynamic and interconnected sphere of nature, inviting us to consider a holistic, rather than truncated view of our ecology.

donna davis

This work will be just one of the works on display at the upcoming Eco Sciences Artist-in-Residence 2016 exhibition from 8 August - 2 September 2016.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

ABC 612 Interview with David Curnow about my 'Unseen' project

To hear more about my 'Unseen' Project, have a listen to the radio interview between myself, Nigel Fechner (Senior Botanist, Qld Herbarium) and David Curnow (ABC). 

ABC 612 Evenings with David Curnow: 'What happens when art and science collide?"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Harvest II on exhibition at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery

'Harvest II', 2016, donna davis, pigment print on fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist.
My work 'Harvest II' is currently on display at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery as part of the Noosa Art Prize. The exhibition will run until 26 June 2016.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Artwork selected for the Stanthorpe Art Prize

I am super excited to announce that I have had an artwork selected as a finalist in the upcoming Stanthorpe Art Prize 2016. The exhibition will open on 3 June 2016 and run through until 22 July 2016.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Artwork Selected as finalist for the upcoming Noosa Art Prize

I am very excited to announce that my work "Harvest II" has recently been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Noosa Art Prize.  The exhibition opens on 6 May and will run until 26 June, for more details visit:  Noosa Art Prize