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Gillian McFarland

Gillian McFarland
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  • Biography
Creation itself holds its own abstraction through purposeful will or from making sense of random events colliding. Working with scientists and researchers in the scientific fields of Astronomy and Genetics, McFarland’s work has gained a different perspective in understanding of how things are defined by the very processes that bring them into existence. Her practice begins with the processes of creating and develops in exploration of what unfolds. Her work considers not only the excitement of the chaotic act of creation, but also the resulting stillness of the aftermath. The more time we give to the art of looking, the more clarity we can apply to the questions that open out in front of us. History and time move us back and forth in our understanding. We can only be where we are within the context of everything that has proceeded this moment.
Making art allows one to be still with things in a reflective process, allowing connections to develop, disappear, reappear and strengthen. The repetition of process reassures and defines the investigation, with small actions building into a bigger picture. The’ doing’ becomes charged with potential, causing a sequence of disturbances or impacts, a pencil dent, the crumpling of surfaces, pressed ink blots or blown glass. The archaeology of the mark or object, its material culture invites investigation and the desire to draw closer, to connect in understanding. Enquiry and process impacts in the art making and hopefully integrates the viewer and maker with the image.
GILLIAN ADAIR MCFARLAND
Experience
2017 – present Honorary Research Fellow , School of Genetics, LU
2015 –present Artist in Residence DMU, Leicester
2010 - 14 Arts Educator, Holburne Museum and Art Gallery
1996 -98 Artist in Residence, Tayside NHS
1986 -90 – Curator Contemporary Touring Art Gallery, Fife Education Authority
Awards
2016/17/18 Arts Council Funded Research Project , Drawing DNA
2017 FAB Open, Bath. Prize Winner
2016/17 Arts Council Funded Research Project, Curiosity and Creativity
2016 Financial award from Royal Astronomical Society
2015 Arts Council Funded Research Project, Experiment
Shortlisted for Attenborough Prize

Solo Shows
2017 @ Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 Selected Artist LSA, Cank St Gallery, Leicester
2015 @Collective, Bridge of Allan , Scotland


Selected exhibitions
2018
Mutated Flasks : McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Mutated Flasks : McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Cast glass
Mutated Flasks: McFarland@Singer with Price
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Mutated Flasks: McFarland@Singer with Price
  • Cast glass
Mutated Statures: McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Mutated Statures: McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Cast glass
Objects of Interest McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Objects of Interest McFarland&Singer with Price
  • Cast glass
Experiment: McFarland &Singer with Price
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Experiment: McFarland &Singer with Price
  • Cast glass
Genetic Huddle
  • Gillian McFarland
  • Genetic Huddle
  • Cast glass

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