Fiona McDonaldʼs inter-disciplinary spatial practice attempts to expand our awareness of place. In particular McDonaldʼs research is concerned with public sites undergoing change be that functional, socio-economic, political or physical transformation. Her work explores the potential inherent in alternative considerations of space, materials and economic exchange and challenges us to reconsider how we use public space. Her practice operates in the public domain by making drawings, films and architectural interventions that are site-specific and address history, spatial experience, temporalities and functional use. The Great South Wall and Poolbeg peninsula have been sites of investigation for McDonald since 2011 and more recently she has focused her research on Dublin Port and its relationship to river and city. She is currently investigating ʻthe edge conditionʼ in relation to Port : City integration. McDonald graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture [1st Hons] degree from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin in 1996. She completed the RIAI Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Practical Experience in 2002 and an MA in Visual Arts Practice at IADT, Dublin in 2011. Her work has been shown in curated group shows both inside and outside the public gallery space and she has completed a number of public commissions. She has been the recipient of many Arts Council awards. McDonald is a senior tutor and occasional lecturer in UCD School of Architecture.
Image Projection Support Structure
“When I think of the Poolbeg lighthouse the words proximity and distance always come to mind. The physicality of its vibrant red painted stone structure when standing next to it offers an extremely different spatial experience to that when viewed across Dublin bay or from the Dublin mountains as a mark on the coastal landscape, a point of orientation. Image Projection Support Structure has been designed with this in mind.
It is made from materials that were imported through Dublin port and are generally associated with shipping and transportation. The bright colour of the truck tarpaulin makes Image Projection Support Structure visible from a distance while its form and scale allows for an intimate encounter with the projected image within a confined space.
Image Projection Support Structure can be easily relocated to other port sites for image projections in the future thereby offering a potential legacy to the port | river | city project.”
Image Projection Support Structure | Artist|Architect: Fiona McDonald | Build: Fiona McDonald, James Martin, Cover Up Ashbourne Ltd | Support in kind: National College of Art and Design | Special thanks: Brian Hand, Head of Sculpture and Expanded Practice, National College of Art and Design