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
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.
“Unknown landscape, ” oil on paper
Oil on board
34 x 24 cm
‘Tycho Star’ 168 cm x 88cm, Photograph on paper. The main aim of the map is to portray the Heavens as the dark, adapted, naked eye perceives them. The map displays 2.5 million brightest stars in the sky. All-sky star map. (ESA 1997)
940 Seeds containing every single Irish native plant since the beginning of time, carbon, metal weighing scales and glass Victorian bell jar.
190 year old Franklin seeds (from the 1825 expedition to the Arctic.)
Germination Project in progress: in collaboration with the Seed Bank, Kew Garden, London
Installation shot, Centre Culturel Irlandais, 2017
'Crystalline', is a series of artworks relating to the dying glaciers. 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.