Holly Macdonald is a maker of objects and material observations. Her art practice is founded in ceramics and combines painting, drawing, installation and hand building in clay to explore notions of memory and the uncertain nature of perception. Using the handmade ceramic object as an agent, she interrogates the relationship between process and product, touch and vision, object and image.
Holly graduated from NAS with a BFA (ceramics) in 2014. For her graduate body of work she was awarded the Sabbia Gallery Exhibition Prize and the Mansfield Ceramic Prize. Since graduating she has presented work in a number of exhibitions including in 2016 her first solo show About Place (Sabbia Gallery), group shows including Permanent Vacation (ALASKA Projects [William St]), Stuck in the Mud (Verge Gallery, Sydney), Landlines (Curve Gallery, Newcastle) and the 30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award Exhibition. In 2016 Holly was a resident artist at kil.n.it Experimental Ceramics and was featured in the Thames & Hudson book ‘CLAY’. She is a board member of The Australian Ceramics Association and has contributed time and enthusiasm to organisations such as Firstdraft, Kaldor Public Art Projects and more recently West Space (Melbourne).