Northern Rivers-based arts worker & cultural cultivator Sigrid Macdonald’s practise targets the intersection of regional Deaf community and culture and the creative arts sector. Operating under the banner of Second Nature Strategies, she is informed by her own lived experience of deafness in a unique regional Deaf community, as well as a desire for creative pursuits and connection. She seeks to cultivate connections between political, cultural and public spheres in a practise often termed Cultural Mediation. Recent collaborations involve Deaf community members, regional galleries, festivals, artists and arts/cultural organisations, pushing the barriers of audience engagement.
Sigrid’s own creative practise is mixed media, primarily botanical/nature art, and painting. With Sigrid’s background studies in Environmental Science and strong connection to the Northern Rivers, she finds herself inspired by the natural environment, expressed using colour and pattern. As well as this love of environment, her varied community and family roles influence her practise, seeing her utilising found items and salvaged materials, in an attempt to capture all possible moments of creativity amongst chaos.