Donna Davis

Ipswich, Queensland

Anthropogenic disturbance is the reason for the current climate situation; as an artist I seek to understand the ecological complexity and explore our role as humans to alleviate and remedy the disorder”

Donna Davis is a multi-discipline artist intrigued with the idea of connection; her work explores intersections between art and science with a particular focus on natural and social ecosystems. Often collaborating with ecologists, botanists and mycologists, Donna explores new ways to creatively interpret ecological data; working across sculpture, assemblage, installation and digital media to create works that consider imagined futures and provide sites of environmental observation. By providing new ways of ‘seeing’, Donna aims to challenge ecological discourse and empower stewardship of our fragile ecosystems.

Donna has undertaken a number of residencies with organisations such as the Australian Tropical Herbarium, Queensland State Archives, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queensland Herbarium and the Department of Environment and Science (DES). Currently Donna is artist- in-resident on an international project based in Cairns, working with scientists from George Washington University, USA and the Natural History Museum London, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (ART) from Curtin University and has works held in both public and private collections. She has exhibited widely in both solo and selected group exhibitions; and had her work feature in state and national touring exhibitions.


Donna Davis

When a Tree Falls

7 May — 19 June 2021


6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

07 May — 07 May 2021

Opening Event

Exhibition Opening Donna Davis ‘When A Tree Falls’ & Kate Robertson ‘Kuna Siuwai Pokong – Medicinal Plants from Siwai’

The Board of NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Acting Director Michael Marzik and staff welcome you to attend the opening event for Donna Davis When A Tree Falls & Kate Robertson Kuna Siuwai Pokong - Medicinal Plants from Siwai. Friday 07 May 2021 6:00 pm Arrival at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts 6:30 pm Welcome to Country by […]


11:00 am — 12:00 pm

08 May — 08 May 2021

Artists Talks

Artist Talk with Donna Davis and special guest Prof.Darren Crayn Director Australian Tropical Herbarium

Join Artist Donna Davis and Prof. Darren Crayn, Director Australian Tropical Herbarium to discuss her exhibition' When a Tree Falls' NorthSite Contemporary Arts Invites you to walk through Donna Davis's exhibition, When a Tree Falls with the artist, discuss her artworks in concept and presentation. This playful yet reflective exhibition speaks of climate-induced flora displacement, […]


9:00 am — 12:00 pm

19 May — 19 May 2021


Donna Davis ‘When a Tree Falls’ Aust Tropical Herbarium Tour & Workshop

'Field TransPLANT.....' Donna Davis, 2020-2021, single channel projection installation into esky, mixed media. Single channel video installation, image courtesy of the artist. Join Stuart Worboys from the Australian Tropical Herbarium and Artist Claudine Marzik for a morning tour of Smithfield Conservation Park, the Australian Tropical Herbarium specimen collection, and an afternoon session of learning how […]


10:00 am — 3:00 pm

28 May — 28 May 2021


Donna Davis ‘When a Tree Falls’ Field & Studio Workshop

Donna Davis, Would You Love Me More, (Video still), 2021, 2 channel video installation. Image courtesy of the artist. Join Artist Donna Davis When a Tree Falls and Prof. Darren Crayn, Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, for a day exploring the intersections between art and science. 9:45am: Meet at NorthSite Contemporary Arts for a […]


6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

17 June — 17 June 2021


NorthSite Panel Discussion Examining the Art & Science behind the exhibition ‘When a Tree Falls’ by Donna Davis

Can art inform, convey and reach an audience to make a change and take action? Join the discussion and let us know your thoughts as we examine the art and science behind Donna Davis’ exhibition When a Tree Falls. A special thank you to the following panelists, sponsors, and supporters for making this possible: Donna […]