December 2-31, 2013

Shona Macdonald

Window (re/production | re/presentation) is pleased to present, Weather in Winter, by Shona Macdonald.  The installation will be on view from December 1st to the 31st. This particular work was developed specifically for Window yet initially began while Macdonald was in a period of transition and without a studio in her home country of Scotland between October 1997 and March 1998.  Simultaneously responding to her predicament in relation to the seasonal shifts occurring, Macdonald was led to collect “newspaper imagery and [to] snap photos of the altering weather climate of the East coast of Scotland, stretching from [her] hometown, Aberdeen in the Northeast, to Edinburgh, in the Southeast” (Macdonald). 

In the section below, Macdonald further describes the impetus behind this site-specific piece in a statement written to accompany the work:

“In reading the daily weather report, I was struck by the vivid, humanistic, and suggestive language used to predict the weather.  Phrases such as “suffering a frost,” “another deep depression in the North Sea,” “northern parts will be more unsettled,’ and “a waving frontal system,” became metaphors for the displacement and disembodiment I was experiencing while being stranded, for visa problems, in this bleak, wet part of the country.  I was also attracted to the linear icons used to symbolize clouds, rain, and snow, especially when they resembled old etchings.  Ultimately, my objective in ‘Weather in Winter,’ is to synthesis my experience living between cultures, and of looking, collecting, culling, and photographing my way around Scotland during the winter of 1997-8.  I have been carrying around these fragmented weather maps and clippings from newspaper weather reports for over a decade and a half. Now, this opportunity will bring the project into fruition.”


Shona Macdonald received her MFA in 1996 in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in 1992 from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has had selected solo shows at Ebersmoore, Chicago, (2012), the Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM, (2011), Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand, (2010), Proof Gallery, Boston, MA (2009), Reeves Contemporary, NY, NY (2008), Den Contemporary, LA, CA, (2007), Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago IL, (2005), Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany, (2002), and Fassbender Gallery, Chicago (1998 and 2000). She has also shown in numerous group shows.  Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art News, (Both for Solo Shows) LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee and New American Paintings.  She has been a Visiting Artist at over forty-five institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London, (1998), Georgia State University, Atlanta, (2007), Cornell University (2006), the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, Canada, (2002). Shona Macdonald was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, NY, (2009), was a Fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico, (2010-11) and a Fellow at Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain, (2012).  She is Associate Professor of Studio Art and currently Graduate Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Shona Macdonald, Weather in Winter, 2013

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