BA (Hons) Painting & Printmaking // Glasgow School of Art ’19
Siusan grew up in Northern Ireland, later moving to Scotland where she is now a practicing artist, living and working between Glasgow and Crieff, Perthshire.
During the time she spent in Ireland, she witnessed unfair bias and prejudice. This impacted her stance in life to be conscious of minorities and those that are disadvantaged, and to fight for a more inclusive and fair society. With this perspective, she has become particularly focused on the under-representation of the non-stereotypical female forms that are absent from today’s youth and beauty obsessed culture. Through her paintings she portrays a more inclusive and diverse depiction of the female figure.
“Taking inspiration from Greek Mythology and Renaissance paintings my work engages with the historical tropes of the classical female form found in traditional western paintings and seeks to revise these conventions. Classical paintings of the female form are typically by the male gaze for the male gaze. My work attempts to reclaim the female body image by depicting it through a different lens.
Exploring the boundaries in figurative and narrative painting and employing a bold colourful language with simplified forms, I wish to parse the iconographic significance of the female body in contemporary culture through constructing imagined figments of exaggerated, visible female bodies. The implied narrative in my paintings signifies the right of females, irrespective of age, to present themselves without fearing criticism. In a society obsessed with body image and youthfulness, my work reflects the joyful euphoria some women experience by rejecting the unrealistic and somewhat unattainable expectations placed on them and seeks to reclaim and celebrate more realistic representations of women”.
Siusan’s exhibition history includes a variety of galleries in and around Glasgow. Her work is currently on display at AON’s Leadenhall building in London, having been selected for their Community Award (2019) as part of her degree show. She is a co-director of SaltSpace, a non-profit organisation in Glasgow which provides a platform for graduates and emerging artists in Scotland. She recently completed a six month period of volunteering at Project Ability; a Glasgow based visual Arts organisation for people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill-health.
Acrylic on canvas
161 x 109 cm
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art.
Portfolio Preparation Course, Glasgow School of Art.
Utopia, Art from Heart CIC, ECO feminism Festival exhibition, The Art Pavilion, London (Upcoming).
Thoughts are Free, The Royal Glasgow Institute.
Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute.
Embody Without Burden, The Royal Glasgow Institute.
2019 – 2021
AON Community, Lederman Building, London.
Opening Exhibition, SaltSpace, Glasgow.
Heavy Duty, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Stow.
Tri-Um-Viri AF, The Art School, Glasgow.
Intersectional Feminism Society International Women’s Day group show, The Art School, Glasgow.
Something Like That, The Glue Factory, Glasgow.
Print Cartridge Is Out of Toner, Stereo, Glasgow.
AON Community Art Award
2019 – Present
Co-director, SaltSpace Coop CIC, Glasgow.
Project Ability, Glasgow.
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI)
Visual Arts Scotland
Society of Scottish Artists
Scottish Artists Union