McDonald Mae

McDonald Mae
Mae McDonald

Over the last year, while completing projects and developing my studio practice, I wrote a manifesto, which solidified my current artistic beliefs and intentions. Writing in this way facilitated the discovery that the way I make art is motivated by concepts, research and must be purposeful.

It seeks to resolve an internalised fury with an outer calm, channeling anxiety and perfection.

My practice explores aspects of identity and is grounded in personal occurrences. It is authentic, develops layers of meaning and accentuates emotions. Reflection is of upmost importance and the endeavour is utterly cathartic.

I epitomise the expression “Jack-of-all-trades, master of none”, finding that I am unrestricted in choosing media and processes to reflect challenging concepts.

My current work is unpicking my reality as it unfolds now. It is exploring the idea of identity as a fixed yet fluid concept, combined with the anxiety I feel about relocating to Australia. I remember what my Australian reality was like, yet it is a shifting reality, dream like and fetishised. After being away from the homeland, living in another place, will I be able to transport this version of myself back? I am wary yet intrigued to understand how those feelings might materialise as, perhaps in a sensory or abstract way.

I aim to explore self in such a way as to ‘self help and heal’. I work through a concept and find materials to execute artistic objectives. I want to continue my professional development and complete an international residency.

In Australia, I plan to set up a studio where I can develop large-scale work and ceramics. Perhaps I will even start an artist collective!


Image 1: Revert to Type (wide shot), Mixed media with found objects. Installation, 2017
Image 2: Stretch (video still), video, 2017
Image 3: Trying (from a series of vessel experiments) Terracotta ceramic with blue and clear glaze. 10x10cm, 2016
Image 4: Le garçon et le cheval en mouvement. Digital manipulation of paintings and photograph. 2x1m, 2016
Image 5: Still, Garçon. Oil on canvas. 5x5cm, 2016
Image 6: Re-newel (wide shot), Cereal, pepper corns, slime, cherries, human hair, jelly crystals, fishing line, A4 perspective sheets. Performance and Installation, 2016
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