My work naturally seeks to subvert the 'niceties' of this life.
My subject matter is often indulgences and vulnerability, which I meticulously re-sculpt in incongruous yet appropriate medium.
Here beauty, perversion and often humour collide.
My work explores traditional sculptural techniques including taxidermy, casting, carving, modelling, embroidery as well as drawing, print, collage, photography, film and installation.
Visual Arts Scotland FLY 2016 - ‘Flora Wood Award’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh,
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, OPEN 2015 - ‘Ottillie Helen Wallace Prize’
Arts Trust Scotland - ‘Award 2014'
UK Guild of Taxidermy 2014 - ‘The Tea Tray
English Heritage, Hadrian's Wall Museums 2002 - Sponsored Curatorial Traineeship plus Masters Degree
Vindolanda, Chesterholmes Museum 1995 - Northern Electric ARTS - 1year full-time Arts Residency
2018 Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, "Threads' Women's History Month
2018 Vane Gallery, Newcastle, 'WO/' International Women's Day
2017 Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, 'Bonkers Contemporary 2017'
2017 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 'OPEN'
2017 Patriothall, Edinburgh 'CAP Exhibition'
2016 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 'Visual Arts Scotland FLY
2016 Leith School of Art, 'Christmas Exhibition'
2016 Union Gallery, Edinburgh ‘ReUnion’
2015 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 'OPEN'
2014 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 'OPEN'
2014 Institut français d’Ecosse & EDS Gallery, Edinburgh, 'AACE'
2014 Union Gallery, Edinburgh, 'Child's Play'
2014 Hackett, London, ‘Private View’
2013 Union Gallery, Edinburgh, 'Summer Show'
Samantha's stone work is on permanent public display at Vindolanda, Chesterholmes Museum and the Roman Army Museum on Hadrian's Wall.
Her contemporary art work is in public and private collections.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
2012 USA, Ohio, Bedford - Kulis Freeze Dry, Studies in freeze dry taxidermy
2011 Edinburgh - George Jameison, Studies in traditional taxidermy techniques
2002 Newcastle University, MA in Museum Studies
1994 University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College, BA Hons Fine Art
Professional Member - Edinburgh Sculpture Work Shop