White Walls | Aimee Melaugh at Art Arcadia, Derry

White Walls | Aimee Melaugh at Art Arcadia, Derry


02/07/2021 - 10/07/2021    


Art Arcadia
Palace Street, Derry, BT48 6PS, Northern Ireland

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Exhibition launch on Friday 2 July, 6-8pm

Entrapment, identity and the dehumanisation of humanity all contribute to the core themes of ‘White Walls.’
During her residency with Art Arcadia at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, Melaugh has drawn upon poetry, and literature to respond to the setting of St Augustine’s graveyard.  ‘White Walls’ has been influenced by memento Mori, the malleable distortion of objects and the desperation of figures.
Narcissism and identity are also explored throughout some of the works whilst referencing the writings of Sylvia Plath. The veil of masks in the paintings exhibit anonymity and protection for the wearer, a theme familiar in Melaugh’s work.
The dehumanisation of society as well as the desperation for perfection explored is inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem, ‘Munich Mannequins,’
‘So, in their sulphur loveliness, in their smiles
These mannequins lean tonight…’
This desire for perfection and need for escape resonated with the events of the past year.

Aimee Melaugh is a painter based in Derry.  She studied at the Belfast School of Art, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting.  Melaugh was the recipient of a Belfast Print Workshop residency award in 2018 and has since exhibited at Platform Arts Belfast, PS2and the ArtisAnn Gallery.  She has taken part in various group exhibitions as part of Gallery 545.  Melaugh has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry, supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and has also exhibited her work online as part of Abridged Magazine in 2021.  Melaugh’s work is included in public collections such as the Belfast School of Art, The Arts Council Northern Ireland’s permanent collection and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Art collection.

This residency is in partnership with St Augustine’s Heritage Site and is kindly funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and The Community Foundation NI.


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