Aimee Melaugh

white walls

White Walls

artist residency June 2021

exhibition 2 - 10 July

Aimee Melaugh

Entrapment, identity and the dehumanisation of society, all core themes of White Walls. 

During her residency at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, Melaugh has drawn upon poetry and literature to respond to the setting of St Augustine’s graveyard.  As a result her most recent work has been influenced by memento mori whilst depicting the malleable distortion of objects intertwined with desperate figures.

Sylvia Plath’s writings, in particular ‘Munich Mannequins,’ is referenced throughout the work.

‘So, in their sulphur loveliness, in their smiles
These mannequins lean tonight…’ 

Narcissism, suppressed individuality and our modern day image-obsessed society are all explored.  Distorted masks which appear throughout the work offer up anonymity, disguise and protection for the wearer.

These themes of entrapment, identity and a dehumanised society all resonate with 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, PS2 and 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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