When Plants Remember – Crystalline is a body of work which premiered at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (CCI Paris) in March 2017, which was selected by the United Nations to promote The COP-23 Paris Climate Agreement. This project seeks to engage with the trauma in our environment left in the wake of climate change.
Crystalline isa 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 2019. In this iteration of the exhibition, When Plants Remember, for Imagining Ireland in the UK, McDonald addresses the certainty and speed with which climate change will take place as a key theme in our approach to the future. The body of work builds on the central theme running through her work about what is still unknown to science, exploring the origins of life and plants as a way to see clearly into the future.
The exhibition will also be cosidered in the international symposium, “Adorning our new Biosphere,” in association with the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World, Devon at the beginning of November.
Image: Siobhan McDonald, Crystalline, 2017, The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.