“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.” Cristin Leach, written on the occasion of Siobhan McDonald’s show: ‘Hidden Monuments’
Crystalline: Hidden Monuments by Siobhan McDonald is at Limerick City Gallery of Art until March 31th, 2019