Mitchell Donaldson is an artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. Since January 2012 he has been co-director of Addition Gallery, an artist-run initiative in Brisbane’s West End. In 2011 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art. Extending his major in painting, his honours research explored the potential of trompe l’oeil techniques to intensify experiences of death in photographs of lost loved ones. Since graduating, his practice has expanded into areas of installation and found object sculptures.
For a collaborative exhibition Seeing Things at Metro Arts in 2013, he explored the potential fluidity between processes of creation and destruction through the deconstruction of floral motifs. Here, an installation of crystal vases, plastic bags, flower drawings, pours of paint and coffin-like plinths played on unlikely relationships between funerary ritual and his own studio practice.
Currently his practice explores extreme relationships between humans and nature through narratives of solo adventuring and travel. In particular, he is interested in the spiritual experience of solitude as a radical grounding of ones reality in the natural world.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //