Wanton, Wild and Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection. Environmental artist Alison
McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle and collecting thousands of plastic lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations
inspired by plants, oceans and John Wyndham’s book The Day of the Triffids.

McDonald’s artwork sits at the junction of sculpture, consumer culture and environmental concern, utilising multiples of individual recycled materials to create new forms and perhaps reshape our thinking about plastic and its effect on our environment.

By converting masses of everyday objects into visually aesthetic conceptual discoveries, McDonald’s artwork communicates the optimism in regenerating rubbish, whilst raising questions about the relationship we have with plastic and its supposed sustainability.

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.



Opening Event and Floor Talk:
6.30pm Friday 3 May 2019

Image: Alison McDonald, R.R.R 2012–2015, individually hand cut and coloured recycled PET plastic rings. Courtesy of the artist. 12 Photography by Aaron Ashley.