Donna McDonald and Anna Gonzalez with Vesna Klačar-Nedimović 'Talking back to Diane Arbus'


  • Logan West Council Library 69 Grand Plaza Drive Browns Plains, QLD, 4118 Australia

Dr Donna McDonald is a Senior Research Fellow with the Menzies Institute at Griffith University and a new member of GCCAR. She researches in the areas of disability rights, policy and services. She is also exploring the storying of people with disability in the visual arts.

Donna uses drawing as a tool for research. She works with her own drawings, and examines the work of other visual artists to find fresh ways of understanding old dilemmas.

In her suite of six drawings, 'Talking back to Diane Arbus', showing in The 5 FIVE Show: Queensland Artists Thinking 2016, Donna revisits the work of American photographer, Diane Arbus, as shown in her 1971 anthology, Untitled, a collection of photos of people in "an institution for the mentally retarded".

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Anna Gonzalez lives and works in Brisbane. Her artwork is enriched by the diversity of two cultures. She describes herself as a visual storyteller; in all her works emerge the seminal characteristic of humour. As an artist, Gonzalez has been able to expand and develop her art for more than thirty years. This progression illustrates a confident artist that is not afraid to laugh at herself, or use comic satire to comment on social issues. She uses the sgraffito technique which involves making incisions on a piece of wood or a plywood panel that has been prepared following the Icon making formula. Due to its engraving effect the artwork has a tactile appeal.

Anna Gonzalez has been a PhD candidate at Griffith University (QCA) since 2013. She is represented by Bosz gallery in Brisbane.

This exhibition also features the work of QCA alumni Vesna Klačar-Nedimović