Intertwined

Intertwined

Sean Williams + Donna Davis
Intertwined 2024 | Found objects, laser cut brushed aluminium, steel, projection. Image courtesy of the artists.

10 Feb 2024  14 Apr 2024

Intertwined

Sean Williams + Donna Davis
Intertwined 2024 | Found objects, laser cut brushed aluminium, steel, projection. Image courtesy of the artists.

DatesSaturday 10 February to Sunday 14 April
Times10am — 5pm daily
CostFree
BookingBookings not required for the exhibition. Please book for the exhibition Artist Talk: Sunday 10 March 2024 (See below for more information)
AgeAll ages welcome
RSVP to artist talk

In the Anthropocene era, human impact on the landscape is undeniable, leaving a lasting mark even in the most remote corners of our planet.

Local Ipswich-based artists Donna Davis and Sean Williams both embrace the natural environment as inspiration for their respective practices, each with a unique approach.

Donna Davis uses photography, video, and multimedia techniques to envision a dystopian future where environmental damage displaces plant species, delving into the necessity of human intervention for survival. Exploring the consequences of climate change, Davis directs attention to the damage already inflicted, using allegorical works featuring plants and fungi as protagonists to warn against climate inaction.

Sean Williams repurposes discarded agricultural implements to tell stories of the past through familiar forms. The reflection on time echoes memories and experiences ingrained in the patina of objects and tools, assembled to prompt considerations of days gone by.

Despite their distinct perspectives, both artists reject Anthropocentrism, dismantling the human-centered viewpoint to allow space for non-human entities.

Sean Williams and Donna Davis, 2024, Ipswich Art Gallery, Photography Katie Bennett

Sean Williams and Donna Davis, 2024, Ipswich Art Gallery, Photography Katie Bennett

Join us for an enriching morning of conversation

Artist talk: Intertwined Exhibition

Sunday 10 March 2024

Donna Davis and Sean Williams discuss their exhibition with artist and writer Dr. Ally Bisshop.

Donna Davis

Donna Davis, 2024, Ipswich Art Gallery, Photography Katie Bennett

Donna Davis

Donna Davis is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines human and non-human relationships with respect to ecological health. Exploring the intersections between art and science she is often embedded within ecological research projects. Donna’s work tells stories that examine science through a creative lens; exploring imagined futures and constructing new ways of ‘seeing’ complex natural systems and our role within them. 

Donna has undertaken a number of residencies with Queensland State Archives, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science, and is currently artist in resident on projects with Australian Tropical Herbarium and University of Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (ART) from Curtin University and has works held in both public and private collections. Donna has exhibited widely in both solo and selected group exhibitions, nationally and internationally; and has her work featured in state and national touring exhibitions.

Sean Williams

Sean Williams, 2024, Ipswich Art Gallery, Photography Katie Bennett

Sean Williams


Sean Williams is a sculptor who works primarily in metal. Utilising his boilermaker and CAD design qualifications he has worked in the public art and architecture industries on local and international projects. His personal arts practice has seen his works exhibited in Queensland and New South Wales.

Since winning the Emerging Artist award at SWELL in 2017 he has gone on to receive grants for professional development from Arts Queensland and the Regional Art Development Fund through Ipswich City Council.

In 2022 Sean graduated with a Master of Visual Arts from Griffith University. His current practice explores the notion of objects as carriers of memory, and how these can be used to create narratives around collective cultural memory in Australia.

Donna Davis
IMplant 004 [co-habitation] (detail) 2022 | multi-channel video installation. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sean Williams
Constrained 2021 | axe heads, round bar, chains, shot put, hoop pine needles. Photo credit: Lexi Spooner.