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 Patterson grew up in Northern Ireland, later moving to Scotland where she is now a practicing artist. 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.
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.