Traces of Air!
Hosted by: West Cork Arts Centre
Friday, March 26, 2021
12.00 - 13.00 (GTM)
Online Event (free, registration required)
Meet the STUDIOTOPIA artist in residence Siobhán McDonald and the curator of the Traces of Air in the online conversation exploring the show. The discussion will take place online, this Friday at noon.
About this Event
Traces of Air, which can be viewed online here, includes works related to human, plant and tree respiration and the interconnectedness of ecosystems. The exhibition includes a series of new paintings exploring forests and peatlands; a film which weaves together narratives of studies in human breath with archives of medicine and plant remedies; a series of works composed of photograms and erased paintings created by the direct imprint of specimens from the earliest plants on earth; and new work comprising volcanic ash and air particles.
Traces of Air at Uillinn: Includes 'The Sound of Trees,' a series of new paintings exploring plants and trees, from the changing light recorded in forests over the past number of months, to Irish peatlands - ancient landscapes that are the sole custodians of unique plants that have accumulated over many millions of years. Some of these works seek to capture the innate environment-sensing capacity of plants, trees and underground networks as witnesses of history. They hold an embodied memory of time, reminding us of how time and memory shift and that everything is connected by substance, form and history. With thanks to Creative Ireland, Monaghan Coco and the Arts Council.
About the artist:
Siobhán McDonald’s practice draws attention to contemporary topics dealing with air, breath and atmospheric phenomena, weaving scientific knowledge into her art in a poetic and thoughtful manner. She is Artist in Residence at the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (2020-2023), working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA) and The JRC European Commission to explore ecological concerns. Across research labs, she pursues knowledge to ask questions about the structure and history of the earth, exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. Siobhán McDonald was selected as the 2020 Climate Whirl Artist-in-Residence.
About the curator:
Ulla Taipale is a Finnish curator and researcher. She is especially interested in enhancing cultural and ecological biodiversity through art&science interventions and educational projects, and in building bridges between art and science communities, facilitating dialogue between artists, creators, scientists, and the general public. Currently she works at INAR (Institution for Atmospheric and Earth System Research) at the University of Helsinki and with other international programmes and initiatives, combining arts and natural sciences. She curates and coordinates the Climate Whirl arts programme which is rooted in the cross-disciplinary research being done at the Helsinki University Hyytiälä forestry field station and SMEAR II station in Finland. The project engages artists to interpret and disseminate scientific knowledge about the interactions between forests and the atmosphere.
To attend using zoom, register here on Eventbrite to receive your zoom link.
A recent article in the Times Gloss mentions this 3-year project with Creative Ireland: https://thegloss.ie/artistic-license-siobhan-mcdonald-2/