'Graduate Residency Interim Show'
An exhibition of work by our Graduate Residents, Lauren Ferguson and Eve McGlynn
Monday 26 April – Friday 25 June 2021
Open: Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4.30pm
Appointment Only: To book a slot please contact the School
Lauren is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Painting in 2020. Lauren returned to Edinburgh as she was selected for Graduate Residency at Leith School of Art.
In 2020, Lauren was awarded the RGU Arts and Heritage Purchase Prize with three of her drawings selected for the permanent collection and her work features in various international private and corporate collections. Lauren has exhibited locally and internationally in selected group shows and she has been selected to exhibit in the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition in 2022.
Lauren’s practice is concerned with a sense of place, and has developed through an in-depth exploration of the history, architecture and associated objects in areas with which she has a personal connection. Through drawing and painting, Lauren develops open narratives about these places by considering individual, collective and social memories.
Driven by iconography and symbolism, McGlynn has created a collection of paintings that depict the life of the Virgin Mary through adapting Giotto’s series of the same subject matter.
Her works document the epoch of Mary’s Nativity, to her Coronation as Queen of Heaven, incorporating the same subtle symbols Giotto used to allude to her identity. Symbols such asbowls, the colour ultramarine, bread, purple thread and scarlet veils which are peppered in the Master’s depictions of Mary are a staple of McGlynn’s own portrayals of the life of the Virgin. The underpaintings comprise of very literal drawings of these elements which are concealed by the painting process. In time, only ghosts of those initial illustrations remain.
With contemporary painting influences informing her style and aesthetics, McGlynn’s practice is a synthesis of contemporaryabstract oil painting with a series of personal reflections upon the concept of the Cult of the Virgin Mary.