Acme Studios — Donna Marcus

Supporting Artists since 1972

Donna Marcus

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

Donna Marcus is an Australian artist who best known for her sculptures made of discarded kitchenware. Constructed from these abandoned utensils – plastic and aluminium teapots, lids, jelly molds, steamers, colanders, egg poachers and bottle-tops – her sculptures draw viewers into a world of kitchens both remembered and imagined. Donna is engaged by the stories evoked by these objects, and by the familiarity they engender in many viewers. Their original uses in post-war kitchens are recalled and extended by the process of assemblage, as they are combined into the repetitive forms of modernist grids and spheres. The materials themselves generate another layer of reference, and further extend the modernist impulse to regularity, repetition and dream.

Donna’s work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and included in many national sculpture surveys, including the Helen Lempriere Award, The McClelland Survey +Award and the National Sculpture Award at the National Gallery of Australia. In 2007 she was included in Smart works: Design and the Handmade at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, and in 2008 her work was shown as part of Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; the inaugural show at the Museum of Art and Design, New York. In 2010 her work Redroom was chosen to represent Queensland in the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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