Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald is a London based writer and multimedia artist, passionate about community participation in art and the ways in which technology can bring art into community and natural spaces. Her multidisciplinary practice encompasses photography and video montage, stop motion animation, installation, performance writing, music, and community participatory projects. Her augmented reality (AR) work brings multimedia art into the historic and natural spaces of the community. Mary has been awarded a City of London’s Community Arts Investment Program grant by the London Arts Council for her current collaboration, River Revery with poet Penn Kemp. River Revery commingles Kemp’s poetry with Mary’s visual art and short animation films, as well as community participation. Through transmedia storytelling using #RiverReveryLdn, the community becomes part of the story celebrating London’s River and surrounding natural environment.  Mary’s photography is currently on exhibit in London galleries. In 2018, her single-channel installation, Reveries and Truths was featured at the Visual Fringe in London. Her augmented reality collaboration with Penn Kemp, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris, was exhibited at London’s historic Eldon House during July, 2018. Her  short animation films were shown at Museum London and the Central Public Library. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New Quarterly and Ocassus, and her play, "13 inches of closet space” was produced as part of the 2017 London One Act Festival. Mary has an upcoming video poem collaboration with Syrian poet, Mohamad Kebbewar and Serbian-born poet, Natasha Boskic.

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