I explore evolving habitats, finding inspiration through manmade & natural decay processes, geological geometry and the dynamics between architecture, landscape and the elements.

About

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Born in Glasgow then to Falkirk & Fife Sian grew up surrounded by industrial Central Scotland and its changing landscapes of the 1970-80's.


She studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art in the early 90's gaining a 1st for her padded room Installations in the Mack and then lived in London and Edinburgh picking up work as a set builder and community project leader to support her studio practice.

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Whether using porcelain & stoneware clays, ceramic underglazes or acrylic paints on gesso, multiple layers are built up and then removed, worn away, carved, scraped before the final stages of arranging, re-arranging and manipulating the relationship between surfaces and materials.


 Sian likes to challenge perceptions, question our geographical identities and create tensions between ideas of belonging, identity and touch.

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After time out travelling across Australia, Asia and the Indian continent Sian has spent the last 17 years living in rural Argyll, surrounded by the ancient culture of Kilmartin Glen. While bringing up her family she focused on painting for which in  2011 she was awarded a RSW. Sian has also received a number of Exhibition awards from both the RSW and RGI.

Since 2017 she has returned to her sculptural roots and firing her ceramic works at her home studio she exhibits both paintings and sculptures widely across the UK.

During her career she has managed to maintain a living as an exhibiting artist and has a wealth of skills as evidence. Slip-casting porcelain, slab building stoneware, gilding & hand finishing timber, plaster & cement casting, screen printing, painting and mixed media assemblage being some of the things she also tutors in regularly  for projects funded by Creative Scotland and on free-lance contract for the local authority.

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Sian MacQueen RSW

1 Mill Cottage . Slockavullin . Kilmartin . Argyll . Scotland . PA31 8QG