Fiona MacDonald is an artist and researcher into human-nonhuman relationship who lives and works in Kent. She aims to query the traditional hierarchy between human, animal and plant, particularly through developing interspecies co-productions within a ‘feral’ visual art practice. Feral Practice escapes from the containment/self-referentiality of the studio to communicate with and gather meaning from outside the human sphere. Fiona aims to reorient aesthetic apprehension of the landscape away from view/vista towards the complexity, liveliness, and moral equivalence of nonhuman activity. The body and imagination of the human artist remain in the frame – this approach emphasises a meeting of beings, not a ‘becoming-animal’.
In 2016-17 events and exhibitions will unfold from the Wood to World project, in which Fiona is collaborating with other practitioners, including Marcus Coates and Anna Crystal Stevens.
In 2015 her solo exhibition Woodland Portrait Project was at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen and her solo presentation In Light of the Above was at All Saints Lydd as part of Art in Romney Marsh.
MacDonald was Abbey Fellow in Painting at the British School at Rome in 2011. She undertook a Forest Studio residency with Stour Valley Arts in 2014.
Previous solo exhibitions include Morphology at Maddox Arts in 2009, Anthropoflora at Long and Ryle 2007 and Habitat at Phoenix Arts, Brighton in 2006. Duo shows include Phyllida Barlow and Fiona MacDonald at CoExist, Southend and A Point in the Field with Anne Gathmann at Exeter Phoenix in 2010.
Selected group shows include Uncommon Chemistry, Observer Building, Hastings, 2016, Thirteen Blackbirds Look at a Man at Chapter, Cardiff in 2015, New Foragers with Day & Gluckmann in 2012, Seven Things to do in a Emergency, British School at Rome in 2011.
Fiona is currently a p/t PhD researcher at UCA Canterbury, and previously trained at Chelsea College of Art and Leeds Metropolitan University.