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Siusan Patterson Artist_self portrait 2021

About me

Envisage a modern-day protagonist, a time-travelling, shapeshifting being, a sometimes gender ambiguous, contemporary heroine, who challenges the gatekeepers and protects women and their rights.  A present-day goddess, conceiving creative strategies that challenge the patriarchy and other human power structures. They are sometimes assisted by other companions- animal, human or sometimes hybrids. I have thus created, via this complex creature and her allies, an ethereal reality where life can be wildly reimagined with alternative narratives to those that we experience in today’s world.

 

Weaving the narratives from myths and legends together with historical art references, I interrogate how society expresses and influences cultural attitudes about contemporary women and marginalised figures. I highlight how women are impacted by societal gatekeeping and excluded from, or policed, by the broader community to which they belong, or from claiming and expressing their own identity.

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Biography

Graduating from Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2019, Siusan is the recipient of the Royal Scottish Academy 195th Annual exhibition SABA award 2021. She has exhibited extensively in London and Glasgow and was selected for the AON Community Award as part of her degree show.  She grew up in Northern Ireland, later moving to Scotland where she is now a practicing artist. Her influences echoed in her work, lie in Intersectional Feminism, Punk subculture, Anime film, and through her work, strives to foster a more inclusive, diverse, and tolerant society.

 

Her work is an exuberant, slightly humorous take on female narratives using multiple flat layers of paint to generate bold figurative paintings in bright colours with flourishes of pattern and textiles that create a sense of visibility and empowerment.

She is a former Director of Saltspace Coop CIC, Glasgow, an arts organisation promoting opportunities for emerging artists in Scotland., and a former council member for Visual Arts Scotland, a leading platform for national and international fine and applied artists in Scotland.

Siusan lives and works in Glasgow and Crieff, Perthshire.

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