Siobhan McLaughlin is an artist and freelance curator based in Glasgow. She graduated from MA Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art in 2019 and has since been awarded the inaugural SSA Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award at the RSA and a film commission from the British Art Network.
Her art practice sits between abstracted landscape and an expanded form of painting. Firmly situated in the history of experiential landscape painting, she combines personal experience with compositional devices, such as using alternative recycled materials, to create non-traditional depictions of landscape. Siobhan’s recent work has evolved from sketches of Lochnagar in the Cairngorms, following a walk from Nan Shepherd’s book The Living Mountain. Through the sensory experience of walking, translated into the physicality of large-scale painting she processes ideas of place, memory and ecology.
“Recently, I’ve explored how I can evoke the tactility of my experience of landscape digitally, through a contemplative film of my painting Glen Muick. Hanging this 20-foot long painting between trees, with light shining through the materials, really transformed it. I’m thinking more about slowing down, appreciating and really looking at our landscapes and new ways of seeing painting. This has sparked ideas about how to expand my painting to physically exist within the landscapes that inspire them.”