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Siobhán McDonald is an artist in residence in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019) working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA); The JRC European Commission and The European Research Council to explore ecology in light of current ecological concerns. Across these research labs, she pursues knowledge to ask questions about the structure and history of the earth. Her art practice calls on notions of what is still unknown to science, exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. She is interested in the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to time. In her studio, she works with a diverse group including historians and scientists. Her works manifest in many forms including painting, drawing, film and sound.
I am also undertaking a complementary research project at the ‘Institute of Athens,’ which simultaneously aims to encourage environmental sustainability. I am exploring the broader context of the sun through a rare archive of paintings by historical masters including Turner and Munch to provide an understanding of how global warming affects specific locations today. I have been granted permission to use this study to develop artworks that examine how the light spectrum has changed since the 1500s to the present day.The UN DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY commences next year and I am in dialogue with scientists to explore a number of current topics and creative ways to envisage how ocean chemistry has major implications for our world system. With the threat of global water shortages in the coming decades, I would like to imagine what a water-scarce future might look like. I’m interested to explore how new innovations might help us to acquire sources of water and to help us to conserve it. With rising temperatures and melting polar ice caps accelerating beyond control, perhaps we can harness natural processes of the sun’s rays into energy to create ice and water? In my explorations within this line of enquiry I would like to draw attention to the broader context of water by exploring new innovations in age-old techniques of harvesting water from rain and fog.
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