‘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 appear further as apparitions. Due to their similarity to shrouds and their huddled compositions, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Ghosts, Darkly’ reference protection and human relationships

 


Ghosts, Darkly
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly 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, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #15
2022
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #16
2022
pencil on paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small #17
2022
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #3
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #10
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #5
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #9
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #7
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #14
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #4
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #6
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #8
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts Darkly Small Diptych
2021
pencil on black paper
11 1/2 x 39 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly 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, Darkly 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, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large #1
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"

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

Ghosts, Darkly series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large Diptych #1 Left panel
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Large Diptych #1 Right panel
2021
pencil on black paper
22 x 30"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #1
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly Small Diptych #2
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 39 inches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly 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, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #11
2020-21
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #13
2021
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly pencil on black paper
Ghosts, Darkly #2
2020
pencil on black paper
11 3/4 x 19 3/4"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly
sketches
Shona Macdonald Ghosts, Darkly
sketches