Danielle Mcallister (she/her )
Danielle McAllister is an emerging Scottish artist, working primarily in the form of sculptural installations exploring a range of materials and processes, with a particular focus on textiles and casting. Remaining conscious of the environmental impact, she strives to maintain a sustainable approach to art-making by utilising items such as her own clothes, bedsheets, and other found materials within her practice.
Danielle attempts to situate her practice within the context of contemporary feminist issues, responding to patriarchal perceptions of womanhood and confronting society’s reduction of women to their reproductive capacities. Danielle aims to challenge the potential of the female body and its social presence by depicting it in abstract and absurd forms which are perceived abruptly through public demonstrations concerning threats towards birth control rights. The purpose of the artwork is to operate as an empowering figure of torment, through its unwelcomed invasion of religious gatherings and male-dominated spaces. Symbolism in the work points to duality, as there are elements of humour and happiness in protest despite the tensions of resistance.
‘Shear Torment’ (2023)
‘Shear Torment’ is a Pro-choice demonstration and artwork that took place at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on Wednesday 29th March 2023. Featuring artist Charley Millar and Niki Fitzpatrick. Photos by Niki Fitzpatrick. Publications containing documentation of this work will be available for purchase at the degree show. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Glasgow Women’s Aid.
‘Woven by Association’ (2023)
The artist invites the public to participate in the development of her woven textile work throughout the duration of the Degree show. She considers the shared association through weaving as an accessible and effective contribution to the existing evidence of protest. The increasing length of the textile work by the audience’s involvement can highlight solidarity for women’s struggles, capturing connections between communities within Glasgow and surrounding areas.