Donovan & Siegel
Matt Donovan is an artist, industrial designer and conservator of kinetic artworks. Formally trained in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design, but with an instinctive understanding of engineering, he has built a career in which design and art are inseparable. In addition to his collaboration with Hallie Siegel, highlights from Matt’s career include collaborating with Max Dean and Raffaello D’Andrea on “The Robotic Chair”. He has exhibited at ARS Electronica, ARCO art fair, Luminato Festival, and has work in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada.
Hallie Siegel is an artist, media designer and science communications advisor, who uses text, graphics and other media to translate abstract ideas into accessible and meaningful content. Born in London, Ontario and raised in Toronto, Hallie completed her B.A. in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She presently works as a science communications advisor for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and her work with Matt Donovan has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Toronto and across Ontario.
Matt and Hallie began their collaboration in 1999. Over the next several years, they built up a body or work, received grants from the Canada Countil and the Ontario Arts Council, and eventually exhibited at the Olga Korper Gallery in 2007. At the end of 2007 they moved to Zurich where Matt was Artist in Residence and Hallie worked as a science communication advisor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). They returned to Canada in 2010, and now work out of their Toronto studio.