Shona McAndrew

“I want my work to function in antithesis to this male gaze that dominates art history, advertising and media.”

Shona McAndrew's painted papier-mâché sculptures, installations and paintings depict women in quiet private moments. Often life-size, her sculptures draw from personal experience and observation to call attention to the simultaneous banality and importance of fleeting, introspective, and vulnerable moments.

 

Informed by her experiences as a plus-size woman, and struggles with body-dysmorphia and societal expectations of womanhood, McAndrew portrays her female subjects (who are often friends) in honest and intimate moments in an unbroken stream of daydreams. Unembarrassed by their often exposed bodies and seemingly unaware of the viewer's careless voyeurism, Shona’s women ask us to valorise activities of body exploration, and forgetting to see one self through the critical eyes of others. 

 

Born and raised in Paris, France, Shona McAndrew moved to the US to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine Arts at Brandeis University. She furthered her studies with a Masters in Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. McAndrew has exhibited her work across the US and Europe, with multiple solo exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia. She is represented by CHART, New York.