ELEMENTAL 3 minute film by Siobhan McDonald, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris http://waterprojectsound.com/ In collaboration with ‘The Water Project,’  I presented ‘Elemental,’ at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in April 2014. 'Elemental' documents a set of ancient Irish Coral Fossils and their journey through water as patterns in motion across time. Using geological technology I magnified the fossils to deflect their real world reference as macroscopic and microscopic images resonate with ideas of self-similarity in physics. Fractal coast lines look similar at all scales in the same way that the patterns found in the coral fossils resemble the patterns found in river systems and lakes shores. A curiosity about corals has long informed my work as it is an organism underwater but turns into stone on land. When I was a child I used to collect them. They fascinated me for their beauty and for their link to time. For this project ‘Elemental,’ I’m working mainly with calcium carbonate, often combining it with water and subjecting it to the ravages of fire, thereby effecting transformations. The drawings in Elemental are informed by the tradition of alchemy - Alchemical fire blackens, destroys and magically revives and new understanding is ushered in through scorched portals.  

 

ELEMENTAL

3 minute film by Siobhan McDonald, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

http://waterprojectsound.com/

In collaboration with ‘The Water Project,’  I presented ‘Elemental,’ at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in April 2014.

'Elemental' documents a set of ancient Irish Coral Fossils and their journey through water as patterns in motion across time. Using geological technology I magnified the fossils to deflect their real world reference as macroscopic and microscopic images resonate with ideas of self-similarity in physics. Fractal coast lines look similar at all scales in the same way that the patterns found in the coral fossils resemble the patterns found in river systems and lakes shores.

A curiosity about corals has long informed my work as it is an organism underwater but turns into stone on land. When I was a child I used to collect them. They fascinated me for their beauty and for their link to time. For this project ‘Elemental,’ I’m working mainly with calcium carbonate, often combining it with water and subjecting it to the ravages of fire, thereby effecting transformations. The drawings in Elemental are informed by the tradition of alchemy - Alchemical fire blackens, destroys and magically revives and new understanding is ushered in through scorched portals.

 

Siobhán McDonald’s practice draws on making visible the invisible, by creating a tangible response to forces that are not immediately apparent. An interest in geology and seismology strongly informs the current work, allowing her to map imperceptible movements of the Earth, subtly manifesting links to both physical locations and to particular moments in time. McDonald also looks to Iceland and it’s state of flux and change, as it is constantly erasing and recreating its own history.

Associate Artist-in-Residence UCD College of Science,
Room 127 Science Centre North,
UCD Belfield,
Dublin 4.