My recent works on paper depict gardener’s nets covering fledgling fruit trees.  These forms echo shrouds, body bags, and other enigmatic forms.  I use silverpoint in these works specifically for its faint, ‘ghostly’ delivery of image to paper. I am interested in how silverpoint’s diaphanous affect suggests memory or, ‘ghosting,’ – seeing something we have seen before. This idea is further emphasized in the Ghost series as the organic, billowing shapes of the nets themselves resemble the outline of albeit imaginary ‘ghostly’ shapes hovering within the landscape and the whiteness of the paper itself resembles the colour we associate with ghosts.  Finally, silverpoint itself is a material that over the course of time, morphs from a cold-silver into a warm sepia tone.  The transient nature of growth and decay, as seen in the tended blueberry bushes temporal life-span, is echoed in the amorphous attribute of the drawing material used to depict them. 
 

Ghosts
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #5
2016
silverpoint and graphite on absorbent ground on paper
14 x 18.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #2
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #4
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #6
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
14.5 x 18"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #8
2016
silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #9
2016-17
silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #3
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
14 x 18.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #5
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #9
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
6 3/4 x 8"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #10
2017
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
30 x 48"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #8
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #6
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #1
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #1 DETAIL
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #2
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"
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