Kelly McDonald completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in the late 90s. Her work nestles within the domestic setting and explores notions of home and place alongside the history of these spaces. Using materials taken from traditionally domestic, masculine and utilitarian spheres, she uses specific arrangements of objects as a visual language, where her assemblages and the relationships between functional objects spur reflections on use, value and meaning. Kelly has taught jewellery at Whitireia New Zealand since 2006. Recent exhibitions include her solo shows Portrait of Jewellery at Te Uru (2018, Auckland), TOOL LOOT & the Mother Lode (2018, The National, Christchurch), and inclusion in Schmuck (2017, Munich). McDonald also has a long involvement as a participant in the HandSHAKE project, as a member of the collective Occupation: Artist, the window gallery group The See Here, and she is currently working through her Masters of Fine Arts at Massey University.