Support Materials: Donna Marcus Examples of Work

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Steam

2006

7,000 cast aluminium vegetable steamers,   plate aluminum, steel, lighting, dimensions variable

Steam was based on the studio work  Fall 2 (shown on right) an earlier work made of original vegetable steamers.

Delphinus

2009

Location: King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Art Management: Urban Art Projects

Marcus’ sculptural practice of utilising distinctly mundane everyday domestic objects creates an aura of intimacy that stems from nostalgic memory and familiarity with in this case, the humble lemon squeezer. Marcus’ internally lit sculptures are positioned to match the Delphinus constellation documented by astronomer As-Sufi (Azophi) over 1000 years ago, and guide pedestrians through the Seacourt area.

Re-Entry

2010

Location: The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne

Commissioned as part of Fed Square’s Occupy program, an ongoing series of site-specific installations, the work continues the artists’ practice of collecting various types of aluminium cookware, and reshaping it into domes, spheres, clusters, and other serial forms reminiscent of 60’s utopian architecture. Internally-lit, and ambitious in scale, Marcus’ suspended sculptures playfully appear as if a small storm of space debris has re-entered the atmosphere

Dissolve

2011

Aluminium 190 x 117 x 4 cm

Khrushchev + Nixon

2013

plastic, brass, SLC print

15 x 15 x 30 cm

Nixon and Khrushchev expounded political ideologies at the now famous 1959 Moscow ‘kitchen debate’ at an exhibition using a ‘typical’ American kitchen as a bravura demonstration of technological and social superiority.  Since that time, centres and peripheries of material production and technologies have changed dramatically.

One component of Khrushchev + Nixon is assembled using knobs of saucepan lids collected over 20 years, the patina of use etched into the point of connection between hand and lid. While the other component is fresh from the printer, delivered to the doorstep in a smart new box.  The identity of who represented by each piece is now longer clear.

Crust

2013

36 x 36 x 5 cm

plastic, copper

Crust is part of an ongoing series of small works that are made from a huge trove of unused knobs and handles retrieved from the thousands of saucepan lids I have used in my work the past two decades. Critical mass has reunited lost ache-types, weird relations and rare beauties, often overlain with the optimistic prudence of improvised repairs and patina of generational use.  The works draw upon the somber beauty of Victorian black jet mourning jewelry.

Bolt

2016

aluminium 102 x 102 x 6 cm

Landed

2017

Aluminium and Perspex 75 x 75 x 75 cm

 

Burst

2017

Anodised aluminium   90 x 76 x 8 cm

Radiate

2017

Aluminium and anodised aluminium

95 x 83 x 7 cm