My works are visual interpretations of many and varied subjects and places explored through the senses. They are a physical device to create colour pathways and employ principles of physiological and cognitive illusion, by way of synaethesia.
Imagery is created as an interpretation of the senses such as sound and touch, informed by the texture in nature for example, water. Underpinning all of these elements is the exploration of themes evident in all my work, and that is, the over-exploitation of natural resources such as the sea, lakes and rivers, and the earth and its vegetation. This work references the 'illusion' we, as a race, have of a well-resourced planet; so the intention was to create the illusion using movement and depth in my work such as would be observed in the motion of water, or textures of nature and the everyday.
These tile paintings are filled with lines sourced through mathematics and numerical patterns. From textiles and nature they are used to create a number of visual effects and to suggest movement and patterning
After graduating as a school teacher in the late 1960s, Joy McDonald decided to leave behind her ESL teaching and began a career in the arts in the theatre as an actor & puppeteer in Sydney. During this time and the ensuing years she took time out to study Fine Arts at Sydney University before moving to Adelaide and then the north NSW coast some years later.
Here she attained a TAFE certificate in studio ceramics and painting and began exhibiting (between puppet shows and teaching). This encouraged her to further her studies in the ACT and in 1997 graduated from the Australian National University School of Art with a degree in Arts Visual as the recipient of the Lyall T. Cullen Memorial prize in 1997.
In 2001 she was awarded the Export Craft ACT Canberra Souvenir Prize.
Since 1998 Joy has been a regular exhibiter as a professional artist in ceramics, painting and other media overseas, interstate and locally and her work may be found in several local private collections including the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Italo-Australian Club.
|2006:||Backyard, CSIRO Discovery Centre - Canberra|
|2006:||2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2006:||Recent paintings, Snedden Hall & Gallop - Canberra|
|2005:||29th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Gallery - Alice Springs, NT|
|2004:||Permanent Visions 2, Canberra Museum & Gallery Permanent Collection Exhibition - Canberra|
|2004:||Oneira, Canberra Museum &Gallery - Canberra|
|2004:||Papaver Rhoeas, Street Theatre - Canberra|
|2003:||Unsung Heroes, Made from Australia Galleries - Canberra|
|2003:||Drawing the thin red line, Belconnen Community Arts Centre Gallery - Canberra|
|2003:||Drawing the thin redl line, Defence Force Academy - Canberra|
|2002:||Spirit of Us, Hellenic Club - Canberra|
|2001:||Canberra Art Prize, Italo-Australian Club - Canberra|
|2000:||Artonomy, Canberra Museum and Gallery - Canberra|
|2000:||Diaspora, Spiral Arm Gallery - Canberra|
|2000:||Diaspora, Kentro Parousiasion - Athens,|
|2000:||Millennium Platter, Ceramic Art Gallery - Sydney|
|2003:||Minter Ellison ACT|
|2002:||Set and costume design, About Face Theatre Canberra|
|2001:||Export Craft ACT, Inaugural Canberra Souvenir Prize|
|2000:||A Bunch of Posers, Character performance, Australian War Memorial Canberra|
|2004:||Friends, National Museum of Aust p12 V15/2|
|2004:||Friends, National Museum of Australia pp 26-29 V15/3|
|2004:||Museums Australia Nov.2004 pp.14-15|