Siobhan McDonald



Siobhan McDonald, Study for a Volcano 2019,  film on Glass prism, 2 minutes, 20 seconds film. Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption, part of upcoming display of works by Siobhan McDonald at VOLTA, Basel in June 2019. Film editor, Christopher Ash. Footage by Fredrik Holm.


‘Crystalline’ This installation brings the elements of contemporary engineering together with prehistory in the use of carbon and charred bone. Crystalline', is a series of artworks relating to the dying glaciers. The artwork is created to mark the launch of the Solar Orbiter by ESA into Space in 2020. (Installation shot, Highlanes Gallery, Ireland) 

Crystalline is a body of work which premiered at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (CCI Paris) in March 2017, which was selected by the United Nations to promote The COP-23 Paris Climate Agreement.


“The idea of ritual plays a major part in her process. This new body of work includes film footage of ritual fires, performative pieces and temporary land art McDonald has made on and around the area of the Black Pig’s Dyke. The show will include new paintings, on 24-carat gold plated copper plates, which she also sometimes burns, using a blow torch. She uses gold and copper because they are conductors. They look abstract, distressed, a word she uses when talking about other images she has made. It’s a word that speaks to the fragility and the anxiety inherent in the work. Despite it all, she is optimistic. Her art is not deeply negative, although it is urgent, pensive, and full of thought-provoking beauty.”

Cristín Leach, written on the occasion of Siobhán McDonald's show: 'Hidden Monuments'

Crystalline: Hidden Monuments by Siobhan McDonald at Limerick City Gallery of Art*

* Selected Images shown on grid below



Lunula, 24 Carat gold, whole calfskin and smoke using a seismograph to inscribe earth signals onto paper surfaces. 120 cm square
Palisade, Pyrolysis (burnt in an environment without oxygen) Dimensions variable, What remains, Floor installation. Birch, oak and willow. Dimensions variable 
(Installation shot, Limerick City Gallery 2019)