NY Aerial

NY Aerial

Siobhan McLaughlin

One of the most important values in my work is curiosity. I am curious about landscape, particularly focussing on the viewpoint; of looking down into the urban environment with thought relating to space, distance and relationships between those living in the city and their surrounding landscape. A kind of awareness or spirituality comes into my work as I find that the contemplative poetry of Nan Shepherd’s Living Mountain resonates with my thinking whilst drawing in-situ, often atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. In experiencing the landscape, there is something exciting in the unknown aspect of what colours will present themselves from that viewpoint at a particular time. Through writing and photography, I then develop a colour palette both looking closely at these colours existent within the landscape that I am drawing from, and responding intuitively to colours already existent within the painting. Colour translates in the work both through paint and materials, rather than traditional canvas, with an interest in the linear undercurrents created by the sewn raw fabrics creating a base for the painting. 

NY Aerial, 2017, Oil on mixed materials and canvas, 150 x 182 cm.

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