Approved: 10.05.2012

Gillian Adair Mcfarland

Researcher

Approved: 10.05.2012

My work is a response to the detail of life; the familiarity and reassurance of repetitive tasks we all feel safe in and the impact of external and unpredictable factors on these. I am interested in harmful behaviours and the wear and tear of living on ourselves and our environment. Themes of 'wearing out' and 'holding together' through 'puncture pictures' and 'stainings'.

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  • Location: Leicester/Fife, East Midlands
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Art therapy, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Gallery education
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: surface, paper, repetition, drawing, colour, puncturing, stains, disturbances, impacts, enviromental
 
 

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    Biography

    My work is a response to the detail of life; the familiarity and reassurance of repetitive tasks we all feel safe in and the impact of external and unpredictable factors on these. I am interested in harmful behaviours and the wear and tear of living on ourselves and our environment. Themes of 'wearing out' and 'holding together' through 'puncture pictures' and 'stainings'. I am particularly interested in the paper at the points when it is only just holding together. The ink blots counter the deliberate safety of the repetitive action of pinning. I like the sense of 'risk' inherent in these works and the obvious reference to Rorschach inkblots. The idea of symmetry,of two sides to an image and the replaying of an action or ritual in reverse to close or finish a piece appeals to me. A re-enactment and an opportunity to rewind and reflect on an experience in a different frame. I have begun to explored this a little in the positive and negative images.

    CV & Education

     

    Born:           Dundee, 1963

    Education:     MSc, Art Therapy, Edinburgh University  

                         BA hons, Fine Art Painting, Saint Martins School of Art

    Selected exhibitions

    2015      Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

                 Salisbury Art Centre

                 Open 26, Newarke House Museum

                

    2014      Society of Scottish Artists Annual exhibition  RSA Edinburgh

                 Cank Street Gallery Open, Leicester

                  Bath Artist Studios , Forest of Imagination

                                                Building Volumes

                 Recollection , Holburne Museum and Art Gallery, Bath

    2013      Touch Art Fair,  Frieze, London

                 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

                 RSA, Edinburgh

                 RWA, Drawn ,Bristol

                 Fabric of the Land, Aberdeen and Edinburgh

                 Salisbury Open, Salisbury Arts Centre.    Award winner

                 FAB , Bath

                 Buchelli Gallery, Bristol

    2012    Cork St Open, London

                    Fabric of the Land Aberdeen

                    Fab Open, Bath.  Award winner

                    SSA Annual Show

    2000     James Murray Art Show, Perth Museum and Art Gallery

                   Coffin, Roseangle Gallery Dundee

     

    1987    Edinburgh Scene , Edinburgh City Art Centre

                  SSA Annual Show, awarded Council’s Choice

    RSA     Summer Show, Scottish Artists award

    Solo shows

    2015   &Collective, Stirling

    2014  ‘Here to There”       Buchelli Gallery, Bristol

    2013 ‘ Blood will Boil”  Bath Artist’s Studios

    2000  Kellie Lodging Gallery, Pittenweem festival, Pittenweem

    1997  Scottish Artists Gallery, Edinburgh

     

    Residencies

    2014  FAB Bath Artists group residency

    1997 Artist in Residence, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth

    1993 Artist in schools Residency, Fife

    1992 artist in residence, Highland Printmakers, Inverness

     

    Awards

    2015  Arts Council Award

    2013  Salisbury Arts Centre prize winner

     2012  FAB Open winner

    1998  Council’s Choice SSA

    1986 Scottish Artists Purchase award