Support Materials: Donna Marcus Examples of Work
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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.
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.
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
Khrushchev + Nixon
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.
36 x 36 x 5 cm
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.