Artist: Donna Marcus
24 August 2019 – 3 May 2020 | McAuley Gallery
Social Enterprise Partner: Happy Paws Happy Hearts
Donna Marcus’ work, Clowder, utilises bakelite saucepan knobs to create patterned sculptures, referencing the familiar and tactile. The meaning and message of Donna’s work is layered and inspired by the ripple effect of the work of Happy Paws Happy Hearts in helping the socially isolated connect with shelter animals through regular visits and workshops to give both humans and animals the opportunity to feel the healing benefits of touch and have positive experiences in their lives.
Artist Donna Marcus worked with HPHH and their clients to create new artworks inspired by the vision of this enterprise including Hearth, a companion piece to Clowder. This work uses Dolly Varden cake tins and gold and blue anodised cups in a striking and evocative installation. Hearth is inspired by the warmth and resourcefulness experienced at the Forest Lake Crochet Group who are also work with HPHH.