Taking inspiration from Renaissance paintings, my work engages with the historical tropes of classical female forms found in these paintings and seeks to revise these conventions. Classical paintings of the female form are typically by the male gaze for the male gaze. My paintings attempt to reclaim the female body image by depicting it through a different lens.
Exploring the boundaries in figurative painting and employing a bold colourful language with simplified forms, I wish to peruse the iconography of the female figure in contemporary culture through constructing non-conforming, autonomous and visible bodies. The implied narrative in my paintings signifies the right of womxn, to present themselves without fearing criticism. In a society obsessed with body image and youthfulness, my work reflects on the reaction of some womxn confronted by the unrealistic and somewhat unattainable expectations placed on them, to reclaim and celebrate more realistic representations of the figure.
Siusan Patterson grew up in Northern Ireland, later moving to Scotland where she is now a practicing artist. Her primary focus lies in Intersectional Feminism, Punk subculture, Anime film, and she and strives to foster a more inclusive, diverse and tolerant society. These influences are echoed in her work, and she has become particularly focused on the under-representation of the non-stereotypical female figures that are absent from today’s youth and beauty obsessed culture.
Siusan graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Painting and Printmaking in 2019, and was selected for the AON Community Award 2019/20 as part of her degree show, and her work is being exhibited in the Leadenhall building in London until May 2021. 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.
Siusan Patterson lives and works in Glasgow and Crieff, Perthshire.