Shauna McMullan RSA (Elect)
Shauna McMullan RSA (Elect) is an artist and lecturer. Her main areas of research are in feminism, geography and collective practice.
McMullan is interested in the relationship between geography and art and wonders if it’s possible as an artist to employ the language of cartography to create alternative mappings or counter cartographies. The work which can take the form of sculpture, installation, printmaking and/or text, is underpinned by an ongoing enquiry into equality and diversity with a particular focus on gender politics. Context informs the medium.
Maps and mapping are central to her practice. Her projects include: I Gladly Strained My Eyes To Follow You, Pollok House, Glasgow (2018); The Albert Drive Colour Chart, Tramway, Glasgow (2013); The Blue Spine Collection made for Glasgow Women’s Library (2010); Travelling the Distance commissioned for the Scottish Parliament (2006) and Via, Toyota Museum of Modern Art, Japan (2005). These extend her interest, creating artworks not specifically about mapping the physical earth, but instead charting mutual topographies and our relatedness and connectivity to one another. Her interest in context, dialogue and engagement are crucial factors in the work and extend to all areas of her practice – from gallery-based exhibitions to large scale, permanent public artworks.
Born in Northern Ireland and based in Glasgow, McMullan has a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from Cheltenham College of Art, a Masters of Fine Arts from the Glasgow School of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from University College, London. She has received a number of awards including a Scottish Arts Council Scholarship at the British School at Rome and undertaken residencies at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, the Faroe Islands; Triangle Artist Workshop in Karachi, Pakistan; and Tramway, Glasgow. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at major museums as well as through permanent public commissions.
McMullan currently works as part-time lecturer in the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art at GSA where she is a contributor to the Reading Landscape Research Group. She is also part of the International research network Creative Centre for Fluid Territories (CCFT).