Martha McDonald makes installations and performances that feature handcrafted costumes and objects, which she activates through movement and song. She often develops site-specific interventions grounded in deep research into collections, archives, and historic material practices; and in response to the physical site. She has led audiences on song tours of historic houses, botanic gardens, a Victorian cemetery, a construction/demolition waste recycling facility, and a small boat journeying down a river. McDonald’s work has been shown at Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Her work is included in Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser. McDonald received an MFA from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; and BA in English from Pennsylvania State University. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.