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'Moon Infinitum' (detail)

'Moon Infinitum' (detail)

Moon Infinitum'

Smoke, Beeswax, Bone & oil paint on Whole Calf skin.

1 mtr square

Commissioned by the Denis O'Brien Centre, UCD

 

'Moon Infinitum,' 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. 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. I’m mostly using calcium phosthates (bone,) to paint on Calf Skin coupled with advanced technologies employed in Space Exploration (www.enbio.eu in collaboration with the European Space Agency.)  www.siobhanmcdonald.com

'Red Rain'

'Red Rain'

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. 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. I’m mostly using calcium phosthates (bone,) to paint on Calf Skin coupled with advanced technologies employed in Space Exploration (www.enbio.eu in collaboration with the European Space Agency.)  www.siobhanmcdonald.com

'Aimsir'

'Aimsir'

'Aimsir' detail

'Aimsir' detail

"Molecule" Oil on canvas,  May 2014

"Molecule" Oil on canvas, May 2014

'Invited Artist' at 184th Annual Exhibition

27th May - 9th August 2014

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 02

Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

 

 

'Journey to the Epicentre II'

'Journey to the Epicentre II'

Visit: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/volcanic-art-iceland-is-like-a-blank-canvas-1.1508369

Journey to the Epicentre II
Ephemeral event in a place that was completely unpredictable. Wire and rocks Iceland, 2013 Siobhán McDonald.

Visit http://www.futurevolc.hi.is
 

last August, myself and as Irish team of scientists set off on an expedition to the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.
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 and rumbles that occur 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.


The trip is part of Futurevolc, an international project funded by the European Commission to try to improve the monitoring and evaluation of volcanic hazards. Iceland is a rich source of such hazards, as the rest of Europe discovered in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed out a giant ash cloud that brought massive disruption to air travel. The volcano being explored by the UCD team erupted a year after Eyjafjallajokull, but its ash cloud headed off east, sparing Europe, and thus making fewer headlines.

Prof Chris Bean is the UCD lead of the project in Ireland. I am collaborating with Prof Chris Bean this year in the making of a sound piece.
Visit http://www.futurevolc.hi.is

2014 Awarded The Arctic Circle Residency

2014 Awarded The Arctic Circle Residency

I have been invited to participate in The Arctic Circle 2015; an expeditionary residency program, from an international open call.

The Arctic Circle, an annual series of art & science expeditions to the High Arctic, is administered by The Farm, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit in New York State. . The Arctic Circle aims to empower the creative individual and enable the innovator, all while fostering the collaborative.
Details for The Arctic Circle program may be seen at www.thearcticcircle.org.

"New Island"

"New Island"

"New Island"
VUE The National Contemporary Artfair at the RHA
Oil on paper

November 2013

'Moon Infinitum' (detail)

Moon Infinitum'

Smoke, Beeswax, Bone & oil paint on Whole Calf skin.

1 mtr square

Commissioned by the Denis O'Brien Centre, UCD

 

'Moon Infinitum,' 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. 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. I’m mostly using calcium phosthates (bone,) to paint on Calf Skin coupled with advanced technologies employed in Space Exploration (www.enbio.eu in collaboration with the European Space Agency.)  www.siobhanmcdonald.com

'Red Rain'

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. 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. I’m mostly using calcium phosthates (bone,) to paint on Calf Skin coupled with advanced technologies employed in Space Exploration (www.enbio.eu in collaboration with the European Space Agency.)  www.siobhanmcdonald.com

'Aimsir'

'Aimsir' detail

"Molecule" Oil on canvas, May 2014

'Invited Artist' at 184th Annual Exhibition

27th May - 9th August 2014

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 02

Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

 

 

'Journey to the Epicentre II'

Visit: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/volcanic-art-iceland-is-like-a-blank-canvas-1.1508369

Journey to the Epicentre II
Ephemeral event in a place that was completely unpredictable. Wire and rocks Iceland, 2013 Siobhán McDonald.

Visit http://www.futurevolc.hi.is
 

last August, myself and as Irish team of scientists set off on an expedition to the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.
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 and rumbles that occur 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.


The trip is part of Futurevolc, an international project funded by the European Commission to try to improve the monitoring and evaluation of volcanic hazards. Iceland is a rich source of such hazards, as the rest of Europe discovered in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed out a giant ash cloud that brought massive disruption to air travel. The volcano being explored by the UCD team erupted a year after Eyjafjallajokull, but its ash cloud headed off east, sparing Europe, and thus making fewer headlines.

Prof Chris Bean is the UCD lead of the project in Ireland. I am collaborating with Prof Chris Bean this year in the making of a sound piece.
Visit http://www.futurevolc.hi.is

2014 Awarded The Arctic Circle Residency

I have been invited to participate in The Arctic Circle 2015; an expeditionary residency program, from an international open call.

The Arctic Circle, an annual series of art & science expeditions to the High Arctic, is administered by The Farm, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit in New York State. . The Arctic Circle aims to empower the creative individual and enable the innovator, all while fostering the collaborative.
Details for The Arctic Circle program may be seen at www.thearcticcircle.org.

"New Island"

"New Island"
VUE The National Contemporary Artfair at the RHA
Oil on paper

November 2013

1408_McDonald_0003a.jpg
'Moon Infinitum' (detail)
'Red Rain'
'Aimsir'
'Aimsir' detail
"Molecule" Oil on canvas,  May 2014
'Journey to the Epicentre II'
2014 Awarded The Arctic Circle Residency
"New Island"