Ghosts,’ made in the faint material of silverpoint, represent garden row coverings. Through the drawing process, these images assume further meanings, alluding to fragility and the cycle of growth and dying.  ‘Ghosts, Darkly’ are experienced like photographic negatives.  These works – made during Covid lockdown - amplify reference to bodies and shrouds.  For example, the structural frames and underlying plants become ‘skeletons’ while the translucent, stretched coverings become ‘skins.’ My use of white pencil on black paper suggests x-ray images.  Emerging out of the dark ground, they also appear as apparitions. Due to their similarity to shrouds and their huddled compositions, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Ghosts, Darkly’ reference protection and human relationships.

Ghosts
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #4
2022
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #4
2022
pencil on paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #4
2022
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large #1
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"

Ghosts, Darkly series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large Diptych #1
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 60"

Ghosts, Darkly series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large Diptych #1 Left panel
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large Diptych #1 Right panel
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small Diptych #1
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small Diptych #2
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 39 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small Diptych #2 DETAIL
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts Darkly Small Diptych
2021
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 39 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts Darkly Small Diptych Detail
2021
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts Darkly Small Diptych Detail
2021
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly
2020-21
pencil on black paper
over all 35 x 79 inches

Ghosts, Darkly series, exhibition installation, tender land, Zillman Art Museum, Bangor, ME, Sept - Dec 2021
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #8
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #11
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #7
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #6
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #14
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #4
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #5
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #1
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #2
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #3
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #10
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #9
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #13
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts
sketches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts
sketches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #11
2018
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
30 x 48"

Ghosts series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #10
2017
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
30 x 48"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and graphite on terraskin on sintra with wood
Ghosts Large #13
2019
silverpoint and graphite on terraskin on sintra with wood
39" x 96"

Ghosts series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #12
2018
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
39 x 68"

Ghosts series
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 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 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 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 #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 silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #8
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts

Shona Macdonald Ghosts

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 graphite on terraskin and prepared paper
Group of Selected Drawings
2016-19
silverpoint and graphite on terraskin and prepared paper
variable

Ghosts and Ground Covering series
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"