Notions of place and landscape  have governed my work for the past decade.  This was heightened seven years ago, when I found myself in the middle of the desert as a fellow at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in Southeastern New Mexico, an intentional displacement, if you will.  The surroundings outside my studio comprised desert scrub, alfalfa farms, and a constantly shifting desert floor beneath my feet.  But the most important impact on my work came from the electrical plants and propane tanks strewn around the emptied landscape.  As I confronted and examined my extreme sense of dislocation in this alien landscape, I clung to these man-made structures in my paintings; they became, in a sense, a place to ‘hang onto’.  The completed series, Around, represented a 360 degree view of the horizon as seen from my studio, complete with broken down farm equipment, crop sprayers, gates, fences, and telephone wires.  
 

Around New Mexico
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #4
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #4 DETAIL
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #3
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #3 DETAIL
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #3 DETAIL
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #5 Small
2011
oil on canvas
19 x 39"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oi on canvas
Around #5 Small DETAIL
2011
oi on canvas
19 x 39"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #6
2011
oil on canvas
40 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico mixed media on paper
Around (Collage)
2011
mixed media on paper
16 x 20"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1
2011
oil on canvas
24 x 432"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 1
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 2
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 3
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 4
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 5
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico oil on canvas
Around #1 PANEL 6
2011
oil on canvas
each panel 24 x 72"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico pencil and white pencil on toned paper
Tumbleweed Storm
2011
pencil and white pencil on toned paper
30 x 126"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico pencil and white pencil on toned paper
Tumbleweed Storm
2011
pencil and white pencil on toned paper
30 x 126"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico pencil and paper
Tumbleweed Pileup
2011
pencil and paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico pencil on paper
Tumbleweed Pileup
2011
pencil on paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico acrylic, casein, PVA, collage on cardboard
Desert Floor
2011
acrylic, casein, PVA, collage on cardboard
82 x 112"
Shona Macdonald Around New Mexico acrylic, casein, PVA, collage on cardboard
Desert Floor
2011
acrylic, casein, PVA, collage on cardboard
82 x 112"
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