3 minute film by Siobhan McDonald,
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 at beginning of the film ‘Elemental’ are informed by the tradition of alchemy - Alchemical fire blackens, destroys and magically revives and new understanding is ushered in through scorched portals.