McDonald is a visual artist working in painting, drawing, film and sound. Her works explore the origins of life on the planet and the information held within plant life. In ‘A space and time outside,’ she investigates Herbarium plant specimens brought back from the 1825 Franklin Arctic Expedition to explore germination and the potential life force of the seeds. Her practice entwines with science and endeavours to open up ways to learn from the past.
Siobhan McDonald holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practices and is currently a STUDIOTOPIA artist working with cultural institutions such as BOZAR, Ars Electronica and Gluon. She is also an Artist in Residence at the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin and The Climate Whirl arts programme at INAR / University of Helsinki. Her projects employ an interdisciplinary approach that manifests in many forms including painting, drawing, film and sound. Using diverse methodologies, Siobhan works collaboratively with historians, scientists & composers on projects combining ideas of interaction on the natural world and materiality.