Phoebe McDonald is a Brisbane-based artist. Her work centres on concepts of interconnectedness and impermanence, and she has an ongoing interest in the nature of light, time, space and perception. She is also interested in the subtle changes and cyclic events that occur in the natural environment over time. In recent bodies of work she has used reflected colour and shadows as compositional elements. When shown in natural light, shadows and tonal qualities in the work evolve throughout the day.
Phoebe has a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours from Queensland College of Art, and has received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, and the Copyright Agency. She has been a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, the Churchie National Emerging Art Award, the Substation Contemporary Art Prize, the Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place, the Clayton Utz LAUNCH award, the Wilson Art Award and the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award. She has undertaken residencies at Fremantle Arts Centre and Sunday Morning @ EKWC.
Phoebe's work has been shown in exhibitions at commercial, regional, university and artist-run galleries including Firstdraft Gallery, Metro Arts Galleries, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Spiro|Grace Art Rooms, Queensland Centre for Photography, the Dell Gallery at Queensland College of Art and the Museum of Brisbane. Her work is held in private and public collections.