This installation brings the elements of contemporary engineering together with prehistory in the use of carbon and charred bone. The artwork is created to mark the launch of the Solar Orbiter into Space in 2018. Centre Culturel Irlandais, March 2017
Review Review: Sunday Times by John O'Sullivan, Link here: Sunday Times
Crystalline (2017), composed of foam substrates coated with a pigment that contains carbon and charred bone. Inspired by the materials used by cave painters, “SolarWhite” will bond with the titanium heat shield of ESA’s Solar Orbiter, to be launched into space into 2018. In Crystalline, the cracks of the white tiles reference the melting glaciers of the Anthropocene.
Cyathea australis (2017): Photogenic drawings that narrate the changing state of the Earth’s atmosphere. In each of the drawings, the light and the atmospheric carbon dioxide content recreate the conditions of the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Devonian periods, as well as the Anthropocene epoch.
Review Science Magazine by Deborah Dixon: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6328/916.
Research for Cyathea australis (2017). This work narrates the changing state of the Earth’s atmosphere. Fossil leaves collected by the Programme for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate at UCD. Photo: Emer O'Boyle
40 x 30 cm
oil on board
Oil on board,
40 x 30 cm
'How the water moves,' is a new commission for the School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin. I am investigating plants & atmospheres as far back as 400 million years, to explore the essential ‘nature’ that, invisible to the eye, acts as imaginary portholes into other times and states of existence. This new body of work will be launched in 2017.
Smoke, Beeswax, Bone & oil paint on Whole Calf skin. 1 mtr square
Commissioned by the Denis O'Brien Centre, UCD
'Moon Infinitum,' I take as points of pictorial reference the graphic interpretations of data received by seismology as part of scientists’ efforts to chart distant earth movements which impacts on our weather. My research on the Irish annals and a set of 350-million-year-old Irish coral fossils are key components in this installation.
4 minute film. Siobhan McDonald, 2017
(shot in the Arctic Circle). Edited by Christopher Ash.Sound composition by Irene Buckley containing sounds collected in the Arctic, sounds of dying glaciers recorded by Professor Chris Bean and sounds recorded in space.
Smoke, Beeswax, Bone & oil paint on Whole Calf skin. Commissioned by the Denis O'Brien Centre, UCD. This installation invites the viewer to contemplate delicate structures from ancient records to act as replicas of the rhythms of nature & to remind the viewer that the earth is on a continuous cycle of rebalancing itself.
Ephemeral event in a place that was completely unpredictable. Wire and rocks Iceland, 2013. Our mission was to place an array of seismometers along the flanks of Grimsvotn, an active volcano that sits at the edge of the glacier, and record the tremors deep below the glacial ice. The idea is that by listening closely to the “heartbeat” of Grimsvotn, I might understand the inner workings of the volcano. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/volcanic-art-iceland-is-like-a-blank-canvas-1.1508369