Fiona MacDonald is known for her installations of bodies of work that draw on local cultural traditions, social and natural history. Neglected archives and personal collections, redolent of private meaning, decorative arts and crafts such as weaving, collage, wallpaper and graphic arts are often source for her work. Her installations take the form of ‘conversations’ about undercurrents in social processes of inclusion and exclusion.
Her work has also been seen in major contemporary exhibitions such as the Biennale of Sydney, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and Australian Perspecta. She has exhibited in Tokyo, Paris, London, Washington DC and New York. She participated in the opening exhibition of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia.
My family has lived in Queensland for several generations so I am acutely aware that I, like all Australians have in some way benefited from the dispossession of the traditional owners. My work often directly expresses this belief and attempts to reconcile the past with the present by acknowledging this history.
The Bimblebox project offers an opportunity to stand on the country – and consider the broad layers of history and patterns of human activity that have overlayed nature while questioning what the future holds.