RAIR | 2011-12
Siobhan McBride | West Tisbury, MA
Siobhan McBride grew up in Queens, New York, and resides in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Her paintings are descriptions of strange and quotidian experiences, passages from books, film fragments, things caught in the corner of the eye and an attempt to conjure slippery memories. She was an artist-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, Jentel, the Vermont Studio Center, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program and Yaddo. Siobhan’s work has been exhibited at DC Moore in New York City; Tai Modern in Santa Fe, New Mexico; NurtureArt in Brooklyn, New York; Miami Project in Miami, Florida and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.
I have come to think of my paintings as views of a place where magic reveals itself differently than it does in this world. The scenes are tense with anticipation or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event. Paintings combine disparate yet familiar fragments into spaces that are still, anxious, and temperamental. They are descriptions of awkward experiences, passages from books and film fragments, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories. They are, simultaneously, diagrams for understanding events from the past, and puzzles to decode experiences not yet had. I hope the work is strange and suspenseful like the excitement of exploring a new place, and the thrill of knowing you are drifting back into a frightening dream.