REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: Artist Alison McDonald at her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: Artist Alison McDonald at her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles. Kate McCormack

Wanton, wild and truly wondrous

IN TODAY'S throw away society finding a second use for your tiny disposable soy sauce containers may seem absurd, but it's this defiant act of creativity which sets one Townsville artist apart from the fold.

Alison McDonald takes everyday objects such as soft drink bottles and milk caps and turns them into otherworldly creations, such as her mammoth piece titled 'Flow' constructed from around 50,000 bottle tops and caps.

Alison McDonald's piece titled 'Flow' at her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
Alison McDonald's piece titled 'Flow' at her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles. Kate McCormack

Her exhibition 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' opened at the Dogwood Crossing art gallery in Miles on Friday night alongside the Miles State High School's self portrait and shadow box exhibits.

Miles is the eleventh stop on the exhibition's national tour of Australia organised by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, toured by Museums and Galleries Queensland.

McDonald said she decided to commit her time to working almost solely with recycled materials after a coke can rolled past her and ignited her imagination to the endless possibilities.

"I've always been a big recycler and just a big kid really, I love to play and stretch the boundaries of art and where I can take it,” she said.

The former book keeper said her exhibition is the culmination of over ten years work, including several years of collecting unwanted plastic materials to create it.

"It took me four years of collecting bottle caps and six months to assemble 'Flow', my largest piece in this exhibition,” McDonald said.

McDonald also uses colour and mathematics to create visually stimulating floral pieces such as 'Triffids', inspired by John Wyndham's 1951 science-fiction novel The Day of the Triffids.

Alison McDonald taking patrons on a guided tour of her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
Alison McDonald taking patrons on a guided tour of her 'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition opening at Dogwood Crossing, Miles. Kate McCormack

Long-time environmentalist McDonald has created the plastic replicas to demonstrate the similarities between single use plastic and the destructive behaviour of the Wyndham's predatory plants.

"My aim is to show viewers that one person can make a difference, by presenting the effect that one ordinary item multiplied into the form of a sculpture can have,” she said.

McDonald will also be partnering up with Miles State High School in the coming months to create an up-cycled project involving all 155 students across grades seven to twelve.

The Dogwood Crossing gallery will be hosting the exhibition until the end of April before the national tour moves on to the Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland in May before wrapping up in the Warwick Art Gallery in August.

To see more of the exhibition opening in Miles take a look at the photo gallery bellow: