January 11 - February 27, 2011
Drawing inspiration from her lived environments, including her native Scotland, the Midwest, and her current home in the New England, Shona Macdonald limns her experience of landscape through the veil of memory. Whether responding to long-distance commutes by car or manipulating topographical maps, her art examines the tradition of landscape painting by mining the crevices of personal experience as source material. Macdonald's investigations into the "rough edges of landscape" are for art historian Martin Patrick: "mappings which cannot actually direct one anywhere specifically in real space, but instead are likely to move the sympathetic viewer toward various engaging states of contemplation, reverie, and wonderment." This exhibition features recent works on paper, including two-floor installations and multiple wall works.
Macdonald taught in the School of Art at I.S.U. from 1998-2006, attaining the rank of Associate Professor. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.