This project has been taking place at the EU Science Hub Joint Research Laboratory in Ispra, and will culminate in an exhibition within Italy and Brussels in Autumn and December 2019.
Future Breath is a new project commissioned by the Trinity Creative Challenge Award. It is comprised of a series of enquiries into Environmental change – such as city pollution, toxicity and its impact on our health and ecosystems. Future Breath is about the importance of the air we breathe and the unmistakable threat to plants and nature we face in the wake of climate change. Breath, after all, is a symbiosis between man and environment, man, and plants. Pollution is a major cause of cell damage in the respiratory system.
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)
‘Breathe’ 3 minutes 25 seconds film, Stereo sound, duration 3’35” incorporating plant, tree and human breath recordings. Christopher Ash (film editor); Sound composition by David Stalling
The exhibition includes works by Siobhan McDonald, Uriel Orlow, Karl Blossfeldt and many more.
'How the water moves.'
'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.
Public art commission for the School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin.
Only Connect 2015: Deep Songs
In March 2015 Siobhan McDonald was invited to make a film for Susan Stenger’s Deep Songs, commissioned for nyMusikk's Only Connect Festival Of Sound and premiered at Fabrikken 5 June. With Hardanger fiddle players Nils Økland and Britt Pernille Frøholm, Stenger on electric bass and alto flute, field recordings by Professor Chris Bean (Seismologist at University College Dublin). Deep Songs is supported by Norsk kulturråd. Funding by Culture Ireland.
'Moon Infinitum' (detail)
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.
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.