Fiona McDonald

Armidale, Australia

I work in narrative, whether I am using the spoken word, visual art medium or a combination of them both. The inspiration is always from...

I studied painting and drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, from the mid to late1980s. After leaving the school I became fascinated by making dolls and puppets. By the late 1990s, my cloth ‘dolls’ were life-size with wire armatures, needle-sculpted and oil painted faces and then I started to apply tissue paper mache to them.
In 1995 I enrolled at university and studied Italian and English literature. It became an all-absorbing passion, particularly my research into the medieval poet Dante Alighieri and visual art took a back seat.
In the 2000s I was writing fiction and non-fiction and had opened an art school along the lines of the one I had attended. When I was offered a block of teaching in a high school I closed the art school.
Since then I have returned to making visual art, have been illustrating picture books and been involved in publishing.
Now I would like to re-establish my visual art practice.

  • Joined: September 2018

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