Aoife Mc Donnell
My practice is process driven, informed by material and social context in equal parts. Our material and sensory experience is something highly intimate and intuitive, often linking memory and emotion to place. In my practice I like to use familiar materials which speak to a common experience, altering form and surface quality to draw out their narrative qualities.
This series of work is reflective of cyclical modes of production and being, bringing into question concepts of balance and sustainability. Drawing from traditional dye processes, these pieces act as momentary frames of a larger process, formed through cycles of submersion and exposure with pigment fixed in a continuous state of flux. Each piece combines multiple processes varying in intimacy, attention and timescale, creating moments of pause and tension. A recurring image of riverbank debris references the periodical nature of tide sequences, acknowledging the transitory nature of this seemingly structured process.